March 7 news

WORTHINGTON – A New Ulm woman suffered non-life threatening injuries this morning shortly before 8 a.m. when her 2003 Oldsmobile Alero rolled. Jessica Zupfer, age 33, of New Ulm was southbound on Minnesota 60 when she lost control on the icy road and entered the ditch, rolling the vehicle. Zupfer was brought to Sanford Worthington Regional Hospital to be treated for her injuries. The Worthington Ambulance, Nobles County Sheriff’s Office and Brewster Rescue assisted at the scene.

East of Luverne, a Worthington man rolled his Chrysler Concorde at 5:30 p.m. on I-90. The Minnesota State Patrol says Franklin Malia, 34, was eastbound when he lost control and rolled into the median. He was taken to Sanford Luverne with non-life threatening injuries.

The Minnesota State Patrol is still investigating a crash on I-90 that took place west of Magnolia shortly before 2 a.m.

PIPESTONE - As of March 1, Dave Halbersma, Pipestone County highway engineer for the last 24 years, is splitting his time and salary between Pipestone and Lincoln counties.

According to the Pipestone County Star, The Pipestone County Commissioners’ unanimous approval of the agreement Feb. 25, followed Lincoln County’s 3-1 vote during its Feb. 18 meeting. Lincoln County commissioners had tried unsuccessfully to fill its vacant engineer position since the previous engineer retired last year.

Halbersma will remain an employee of Pipestone County, as he’s been for the last 29 years. Pipestone County will charge Lincoln County $6,075 a month for an estimated 86 hours of work, and $500 a month for Halbersma’s travel from the Pipestone County highway shop to the Lincoln County shop and back.

After an increase in pay and benefits, the arrangement is expected to save Pipestone County $51,204.66 a year.

Halbersma said the counties could realize additional savings by combining projects such as road striping. He said the agreement could also make it more difficult for him to find time to write grants or answer staff questions as quickly as he does now, but that he supports the agreement and expects it will be feasible due to quality staff at both departments.

Halbersma said the two counties’ highway departments are comparable with 19 employees at the Pipestone County highway department maintaining 460 miles of roads and 17 employees at the Lincoln County highway department maintaining 390 miles. Both counties will also receive about $2.7 million of state aid to maintain their roads this year.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A crowd of more than 200 people showed up at Wednesday evening's RAGBRAI informational meeting at the Sami Center in Spirit Lake. Those in attendance were given the opportunity to sign up to volunteer on various committees and ask questions of those organizing the overnight stop RAGBRAI riders will be making in the Iowa Great Lakes.

Stacy Rosemoore of Okoboji Tourism, who spearheaded the meeting, says she was very pleased with the turnout. She said is shows the amount of enthusiasm in the community.

While we already know the Iowa Great Lakes will be an overnight stop, the exact route RABGRAI riders will be taking in and out of the community won't be known until a formal announcement of the route is made this coming Sunday.

Those wanting more information on RAGBRAI preparations in the lakes area will be able to find the information on line at www.okobojiragbrai.com. The site is expected to go live sometime around the first of April.

SPENCER, Iowa — There were some tense moments at a northwest Iowa school Thursday.

Classes and all evening activities were cancelled at the Spence High School after a threatening note was found in one of the bathrooms at the school. According to a school official, high school students were dismissed at 2:30 p.m. Only the high school was affected.

Spencer Police report that no device was found during a search of the high school, and things are expected to be back to normal on today.

SHELDON, Iowa — Sheldon firefighters were called to a fire call on Wednesday night. Sheldon Fire Chief Jerry Meyer reports that about 8:15 p.m., the Sheldon Fire Company was called to a grain dryer fire at the Deluxe Feeds feed mill complex on RMT Avenue.

When they got there, firefighters could see fire in a cooling bin. A minimal amount of water was used to extinguish the fire and the bin was then emptied says the chief.
The fire was called in by workers at the plant. The chief says there were no injuries and a damage estimate is unavailable. About fifteen firefighters responded and were on scene about an hour.

SPENCER, Iowa - Country group Sawyer Brown will perform at this year's Clay County Fair, with special guest Aaron Tippin. Fair officials say they'll be the featured grandstand entertainment the evening of Monday, September 8th at 7:30 p.m. The evening will also feature a salute to veterans.

Fair officials say ticket information will be available later this spring. The Clay County Fair will be held September 6th-14th.

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