March 6 news

WORTHINGTON - A couple from Rushmore both received non-life threatening injuries Wednesday morning when their vehicle rolled on I-90 near mile marker 31. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Norman Engelson, 71, was driving a Chevy Silverado westbound when he lost control on the icy road, hit the median and rolled. He and his wife Mary Engelson, 76, were taken to Sanford Worthington Regional Hospital for treatment.

WORTHINGTON – The annual Student Art Show at the Nobles County Arts Center will be open Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., and be on display from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the month of March. Student artwork from Worthington’s middle and high schools as well as the Area Learning Center will be displayed. Students of other area schools have also been invited to participate in the show.

PIPESTONE - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) received $5 million in Clean Water Funds from the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment for 2014-15 to address groundwater contamination from fertilizer and pesticides.

Some of that money will be passed to Pipestone, Nobles and Rock counties to protect ground water and drinking water against elevated nitrates.

The work plan and funding are being finalized on the agreement between the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of the three counties and the MDA for what will be called the ‘Southwest Minnesota Wellhead Protection Area’ project.

The three counties are estimated to have 30,000 acres across their Drinking Water Supply Management Areas. Only about 10 percent of the land is considered vulnerable to groundwater contamination, however. The priority will be producers who have operations in these vulnerable areas that also feed public wells that currently have nitrate contamination: Rock County Rural Water, city of Edgerton, city of Adrian, city of Ellsworth and the two Holland wellfields that feed Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water.

FULDA – “50 Years of Quality Care” is the theme that was chosen for this year’s Fulda Wood Duck Festival, in honor of Maple Lawn Senior Care Center and the years that the facility has been serving the needs of the community through care of the elderly and rehabilitation of others. A 50 anniversary celebration for Maple Lawn Senior Care is being planned for later this year.

Recently, the 2014 Fulda Wood Duck Festival Committee unveiled the logo that will be used for this year’s celebration. The artists, Heidi Appel and Peggy Rachuy, chose to depict Woody the Wood Duck as a nurse, stethoscope around his neck, as he aids an elderly gentleman in walking. Appel and Rachuy are both employed at Maple Lawn Senior Care. Appel is a nurse and Rachuy is an activities aide.

SPENCER, Iowa - It's official: a Holiday Inn Express hotel will be built in Spencer. Plans call for the new hotel to be located on 60 acres of land on Highway 71 across from Menards on the south edge of Spencer.

Preliminary plans call for the lodging facility to have 60 to 70 rooms, with the building being three to four stories tall.

Plans call for construction to start on the $6 million project late this coming summer, with opening tentatively set for May of 2015.

SPENCER, Iowa - A Spencer woman wanted on a drug charge has been arrested. The Clay County Sheriff's Office says a deputy arrested 30-year-old Becky Mosley after he saw her get out of a vehicle on North Grand Avenue in Spencer. Mosley was wanted on a warrant charging her with possession of a controlled substance...marijuana. The charge stems from a search warrant that was executed on February 8th of this year.

Mosley was transported to the Clay county jail and was released after posting a $1,000 cash or surety bond.

ST. PAUL — After meeting for five days in a row, House and Senate conferees working on a minimum-wage compromise appeared deadlocked Wednesday and decided to take a break. The conference committee broke up Wednesday afternoon after a brief meeting in the morning followed by a lengthy recess. The plan was to come back together Monday and see if positions have evolved.

The key sticking point is whether to tie the minimum wage to increases in inflation. The House bill would increase the wage annually by the Consumer Price Index or 2.5 percent, whichever is less. The Senate doesn’t want any inflator in the bill.
The House offered a different metric than CPI on Wednesday — the “implicit price deflator” — but the Senate turned it down.

The House bill passed last session calls for the wage to increase to $9.50 by 2015 for large employers, while the Senate bill capped the amount at $7.75.

The conference committee, made up of three DFLers from the House and three from the Senate, is charged with crafting a deal that would be submitted to an up-or-down vote in each chamber. Both the House and Senate have Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party majorities.

ST. PAUL — A bipartisan pair of lawmakers hope to unveil new plans to repeal a source of annoyance to many Minnesotans — the Sunday prohibition on liquor sales.

Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth and Rep. Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie are introducing a range of bills, from full repeal to more measured steps. They say they see growing public support for lifting the ban, and that the proposals are meant to be a starting point for lawmakers.

Loon previously suggested that short of lifting the ban statewide, the decision could be left to cities and counties. Another option would be legislation to allow Sunday sales of beer growlers at local tap rooms but stops short of letting stores open.

Proponents of lifting the ban have struggled in recent years to build legislative support.


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