February 21 news

WORTHINGTON - The Radio Works Farm & Home Show kicks off today and will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Worthington Event Center, 1477 Prairie Drive. The event is three days long, with hours on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Admission to the show is free. More than 20 businesses will have booths covering everything from farm supplies to home health care. The US95 Highway Patrol Morning Show with Chad Cummings and Matt Widboom will broadcast live from the event center, as will KWOA’s “This Day in History.” Barry Roberts will broadcast live for US95 this afternoon.

There will be various speaker sessions throughout the three-day event, including a presentation at 12:30 today by Bioverse about their manure pit additives, followed by a question and answer session.

The entire list of businesses involved in the show can be viewed at www.kwoa.com or www.us95.us.

WORTHINGTON - The King Turkey Day 10th Annual Bowling Tournament will take place Saturday at the Worthington Oxford Bowl. This is a 9-pin, no tap, 5-person team tournament with men, women, and co-ed teams welcome. Whether you are bowling or not, there will be a special fundraising meal available – for just $5, you can get two Ruby Begonia sandwiches. Stop by and see what prizes are being raffled off and feel free to jump in on that. Bowling begins at 10 a.m. and runs through 9:30 p.m.

WORTHINGTON – Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, a pork chop dinner will be served at the Elks Lodge to raise money to restore the World War II-era Japanese cannon that resides in Chautauqua Park. The cannon was a gift to the city of Worthington from the Department of Defense after the war, when officials learned the city had generously donated their Civil War cannon to be melted down in aid of war efforts. Or so organizers believe. According to John Stewart, the cannon’s past is a bit of a history mystery.

SLAYTON – The Grain Exchange in Slayton is hosting a Parade of Fish Houses on Saturday, March 1 at the old Slayton Auction Barn site on Highway 30. The parade will begin at noon with registration at 11 a.m. A huge bonfire will keep the crowd warm. Prizes will be awarded to the Most Entertaining, Favorite Entry and Most Creative. Burgers, chili and beverages will be available. Raffle tickets will be given away for door prizes. For more information contact Shane Johanning at 507-836-8848.

It’s hard to imagine with all the recent snow events, but spring is around the corner. And that means it’s nearly time for anglers to haul in ice houses.

The deadline for removing ice houses from Minnesota’s frozen lakes is March 3 in the southern two-thirds of the state, and March 17 for the northern third, the Department of Natural Resources says. The DNR reminds owners of the ice-fishing shacks that if they fail to comply, they can be fined, and the house contents confiscated or destroyed. Owners are also reminded to clean up debris from around the ice house.

SLAYTON - MCC’s MathCounts team recently earned a first place trophy in the 2014 MathCounts competition held at SMSU in Marshall. The competition is sponsored by the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers. Over the past nine years, MCC has earned three 3rd place trophies, a 2nd place trophy and three 1st place trophies. 10 teams and more than 70 individuals participated in the Southwest Chapter of the MathCounts competition. In addition to placing first in the Class “A” division, MCC had two students place in the top ten individual scores. Jack Pierson was 5th overall, and Cameron Kresko placed 9th overall.

CHANDLER – The City of Chandler Economic Development Authority will host a public hearing at 7 p.m. March 5 at the City Center on Main Street to discuss the proposed sale of authority-owned apartment property known as The Village Apartments.

MILFORD, Iowa - A probation search of a residence in Milford, Iowa conducted this week resulted in authorities finding a stolen generator that had been dismantled. Two suspects were arrested.

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says deputies assisted the Department of Corrections with the search in the 1200 block of 9th Street in Milford. A deputy noticed a large generator that had been dismantled into several pieces. Authorities say the generator matched the description of one that was reported stolen about a week earlier. The generator was valued at $20,000. A search warrant was then obtained and executed on the residence.

47-year-old Curtis Caskey of Milford was arrested and charged with theft in the 1st degree, possession of stolen property, conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and trespassing. Caskey was booked into the Dickinson County Jail on a $16,000 bond with a no bond for violation of parole.

50-year-old Robert Hurd of Milford was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and conspiracy. His bond was set at $10,000.

Authorities say the case is still under investigation and more arrests are expected.

MINNESOTA - President Barack Obama is planning a trip to Minnesota next week. The White House says the president will focus on the economy during an appearance in the Twin Cities on Wednesday but released no other details.

It will be Obama’s first trip to the state since February of last year, when he came to Minneapolis to call for steps to curb gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

While it’s been awhile since the president was here, Vice-President Joe Biden was just in Minneapolis for the second time this month. Before attending a private fundraising event, Biden stopped at a coffee shop Wednesday to thank Minnesotans who have supported the Affordable Care Act.

In early February Biden attended a memorial service for Joan Mondale, the wife of former Vice-President Walter Mondale.

MINNESOTA - A federal judge rejected Minnesota’s request to have a lawsuit over the state’s sex offender program thrown out of court. Instead, U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank wrote that the program is “clearly broken” and urged Minnesota lawmakers to overhaul it.

Under the program nearly 700 sex offenders who have been deemed dangerous by the state are committed indefinitely to high-security facilities in Moose Lake and St. Peter. A class action lawsuit on behalf of the offenders argues the program is unconstitutional. At least one section of Judge Frank’s 75-page ruling seems to give credence to that claim. “Given the prison-like conditions described by plaintiffs, and the lack of treatment and essentially no-exit regime alleged in this case, it may well be that … the Court will find the totality of the MSOP system to be unacceptably and unconstitutionally punitive,” he wrote.

Frank also requested that each of the program’s patients be interviewed, saying he needs to hear expert opinions on each before ruling in the case.

Apart from the constitutionality of the program, some critics have pointed to its high cost. The expense to the state to maintain the program is $73 million per year.

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