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WORTHINGTON - All Worthington area retailers are invited to the semi-annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at BenLee's Cafe. The all-retailers meeting gives business owners a chance to discuss promotions and make plans for 2014. The 2014 events calendar will be available to pick up at the meeting. A light meal will be served for a small fee. Please RSVP on the event page of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page or call the chamber at 372-2919.
WORTHINGTON — Rickey Hill, the National Endowment of the Humanities’ civil rights speaker, will present a lecture, “The Bogalusa (Louisiana) Movement: Self-Defense and Black Power in the Civil Rights Struggle,” at noon Tuesday in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus.
The presentation is sponsored by the Culture Corner and Humanities Division of Minnesota West, along with Southwest State University at Marshall.
Hill’s work is an effort to rethink some of the dominant themes in the making of the civil rights movement in this southeastern Louisiana city. In addition, Hill also will offer some remarks on an assessment of Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream and a review of the Obama presidency. After the presentation, he will entertain questions from the audience. The presentation is open to the public.
SLAYTON – Murray County Museum Coordinator Janet Timmerman recently announced End O Line Park and Museum in Currie is the recipient of two grants.
These grants, administered by the Minnesota Historical Society, are part of the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund’s $767,000 that were given out in 2013. Timmerman reported the two grants awarded to End O Line (EOL) Park and Museum are for collections management and care. Dr. Anita Talsma-Gaul applied for these grants as part of her position as the curator at EOL.
The first grant is for $1,255 and will cover the cost to hire a professional archivist to assess the archives of the EOL park and museum.
The second grant for $27,662 allows the EOL Park and Museum to fund the labor it will take to do this complete inventory and cataloging of every artifact at the museum. Timmerman said it is a time-consuming process, with thousands of items to catalog.
In other Murray County museum news, Timmerman and Talsma-Gaul have applied for a 2014 Legacy Grant to design and implement a new exhibit in Murray County titled “World War One: At Home and in the Trenches,” scheduled to open at the Murray County Historical Museum the week of the Murray County Fair.
JACKSON - The canine half of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 Unit is a little safer thanks to the technology of a Michigan company, the work of a Massachusetts nonprofit organization and the generosity of a Georgia resident. “Bear,” the local sheriff’s office’s only four-legged officer, recently received a bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to the efforts of Vested Interest in K9s Inc., a Massachusetts-based nonprofit. A donation made to the organization by Stacey Wimberley of Georgia will cover the cost of the ballistic vest.
Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is a 501c(3) all-volunteer charity with a mission to provide vests for law enforcement dogs throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950 and has a five-year warranty.
The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s Inc. has provided more than 580 law enforcement dogs with protective vests since its inception in August 2009. More than $550,000 worth of K9 vests have been donated in 39 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.
FONDA, Iowa — The DNR is investigating an incident on Wednesday that killed a young snowmobiler in Pocahontas County.
A release from the Department of Natural Resources states 13-year-old Raymond Gatzemeyer of Fonda was operating a snowmobile on a creek when he struck a rope that was suspended between two pillars of a bridge. It happened just before 5 p.m. Wednesday southwest of Fonda. Gatzemeyer was with three other people, two who were on snowmobiles and one who was operating an ATV. They were not injured.
It’s unclear why there was a rope attached to the bridge pillars. Gatzemeyer was wearing a helmet. He was pronounced dead at a hospital in Sac City.
SPRINGFIELD - Carbon monoxide poisoning is the suspected cause of the illness that sent 30 children from the public school in Springfield to the hospital. Lab tests indicated some patients had higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood. Micah Dorfner, a spokesman for the Mayo Health System said by Thursday night all of the students had been discharged.
Hospital administrator, Scott Thoreson said the elementary-age patients had symptoms that included headaches and nausea. Hospital staff treated the patients with oxygen.
Springfield School District Superintendent, Keith Kottke evacuated all 600 students from the elementary and high school after students in fourth and fifth grade reported fainting and vomiting in the school’s auditorium Thursday morning.
Students in both the elementary and high school in Springfield were evacuated. They were taken to the community center for evaluation before being released to their parents.
School officials say the school will be closed on Friday as the investigation into the incident continues.