March 17 news

WORTHINGTON – Congratulations to two area students, William Dudley of Worthington High School and Dillon John of Adrian High School. They were each named the male recipient of Minnesota State High School League statewide Triple A award – Dudley in Region 2AA and John in Region 3A.

Both attended the 26th annual Academics, Arts & Athletics 2014 awards banquet Saturday in Minneapolis and were named state-level winners in Class AA and Class A, making them also the recipients of $4,000 college scholarships.

Female recipients were Taylor Kraemer of Osakis High School (Class A) and Shaelyn Sorensen of Tartan High School (Class AA).

EDGERTON - Edgerton Christian Elementary School (ECES) plans to begin the first phase of a $4.3 million expansion project shortly after school is dismissed in May.

The first phase of the projected 22,000 square foot expansion will add preschool and kindergarten classrooms to the northwest side of the school. The second phase of the project expected to start in the fall will add a new band room, special education space, office space and an auditorium/gymnasium, with a total of 18,104 square feet added to the east side of the building.

ECES is requesting that the city of Edgerton vacate two alleys north of the school. The expansion plans show the kindergarten and preschool rooms built directly over all of one alley and a portion of the other.

The Edgerton City Council scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. April 2 at city hall to gather public input about completely vacating the alley between lots seven and eight in Hartog’s First Addition and vacating all but the west 105 feet of the alley directly north of the school that starts near the northeast corner of the building and runs west to Third Avenue West.

If the council decides after the public hearing to vacate the alleys as requested, the city would give most of the property to ECES and a portion to Edgerton Public for no charge. One city official said cities may choose to sell vacated property to adjacent property owners, but Edgerton does not charge a fee.

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — An Alton man was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital after an accident near Sioux Center on Friday morning.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:35 a.m., 64-year-old Willard VandeHoef of Alton was driving a 2002 Peterbilt semi tractor pulling an empty grain trailer westbound on 390th Street, about three miles west of Sioux Center. The semi left the roadway for an unknown reason and entered the north ditch where it struck a culvert.

VandeHoef was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance. He was later transferred to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD by McKennan Careflight. His injuries were listed as “serious”.

The Peterbilt sustained about $20,000 damage.

MINNESOTA - U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson is expected to announce this morning whether he plans to seek re-election to a 13th term in Congress. Peterson has served 24 years in the House and hasn’t yet said whether he’s going to run for another term in the November election.

He has sent out some signals indicating he is planning to run again. He has told some Minnesota Democrats he plans to do so, and last week, a source close to Peterson told the Star Tribune he expected Peterson would run. Other political observers are hearing similar information.

If Peterson does run again, it will disappoint some Republicans who had hoped they could easily pick up Peterson’s seat in an open election.

Peterson represents Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District along the western border of the state. He is a conservative “Blue Dog” Democrat who often bucks his party but remains popular with his constituents, who often vote for Republicans in other races.

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