April 14 newsPublished by on
ADRIAN - – Interstate 90 motorists in southwestern Minnesota are advised of day-time lane closures this week as crews build crossovers for bridge work in the area of Adrian and Jackson this summer. Later in April traffic will be reduced to two lanes, two-way with reduced speeds until mid-September.
The project includes work on four bridges at Adrian and four more at Jackson. Crews will repair decks, rails, approach panels, drainage and paint the steel to keep them in good condition and improve the ride for the motorists. Guardrail improvements will also be made.
SLAYTON – Logan Kooistra of Jackson County Central was the last man standing during the Southwest Regional Spelling Bee Saturday, held this year at Murray County Central’s West Elementary. Runner-up was Jayda Castaway of Round Lake/Brewster, and the team honors went to Worthington Middle School.
WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Historical Society (NCHS) will begin holding meetings at various towns throughout Nobles County, for their new project: "Preserving Our Heritage for Future Generations."
There is much local history that has not been preserved within the archives of the Nobles County Museum, and scores of volunteers have worked tirelessly to add to the archives. The NCHS is working at collecting and preserving family histories, photos, books, cemetery records, and items, to better reflect the county as a whole.
There will be informational meetings at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21 at the Wilmont City Hall, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the Ellsworth Fire Hall, ay 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at the Lismore City Hall and at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Adrian City Hall.
The NCHS will be displaying items that they have been able to collect for each town. For more information, contact Collections Committee member Jerry Fiola (507-376-5610 or 507-350-9808) or email Jerry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Adrian Branch Library has worked with the NCHS in collecting historical information, and is also participating in this project. People can contact Librarian Meredith Vaselaar at the library at 507-483-2541.
SLAYTON - The Murray County Fair is continuing to raise money to help offset the cost to restore the 1914 era cattle barn on the fairgrounds. The structure was well built in the 1900’s and the structural integrity and beauty is being maintained during the restoration project currently underway by the Barn Doctors.
It is believed that the building was originally built in 1914 and served as Murray County’s first livestock building on the fairgrounds. It was used as a general livestock building for many years and when 4-H exhibits came to the forefront as “guests of the Agricultural Society”, it became a great hangout for 4-H exhibitors for years.
Names of donors of over $100 will be placed on a banner to be revealed during the 2014 Murray County Fair 4-H Cattle Show. That banner will be permanently placed in the newly restored cattle barn to remember those who had a significant impact on the restoration project and to inspire future generations of community support.
To contribute to the fundraising effort, please send a check to the Murray County Fair, PO Box 96, Slayton, Minnesota 56172. Please indicate that the donation is to be for the cattle barn project.
WINDOM – It is believed feline leukemia is present in Windom, according to Joanna Kaiser of Cottonwood County Animal Rescue. A cat in Windom recently tested positively for the disease, and another cat in Mountain Lake was found last week. The cat, which was a stray, had numerous other problems including lice and AIDS.
Dr. Jocelyn Ball said neither leukemia nor AIDS has a cure. There is a vaccine for preventing feline leukemia, but not for AIDS. The best protection for family cats is to keep them indoors.
GEORGE, Iowa - Multiple drug charges have been filed against a George man in connection with an ongoing investigation by the Lyon County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities say the investigation resulted in them obtaining and executing a search warrant on a residence at 410 West Michigan Avenue in George on April 10th. The search turned up what's alleged to be methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, several weapons and about $15,000 in cash.
45-year-old Kevin Broesder was charged with conspiracy to manufacture and deliver over five grams of methamphetamine; possession with intent to deliver meth; gathering where controlled substances are unlawfully used; possession with intent to deliver marijuana; two counts of unauthorized possession of offensive weapons; failure to affix a drug tax stamp; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Broesder is being held in the Lyon County jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.
SIBLEY - A Sibley man faces multiple theft charges after authorities found stolen farm equipment and vehicles on an acreage he owns on Highway 59 in Osceola County and his residence in Sibley.
The Osceola County Sheriff's Office has charged 52-year-old Michael Block, a former deputy, with seven counts of theft in the first degree, a class "C" felony; 10 counts of theft in the second degree, a class "D" felony; one count of theft in the third degree, an aggravated misdemeanor; and one count of theft in the fourth degree, a serious misdemeanor.
Authorities allege Block was in possession of farm equipment that had been stolen from Osceola, O'Brien, Sioux and Lyon counties.
The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says a deputy was investigating the theft of some hay bales from O'Brien county back on March 21st of this year, which resulted in the application and execution of five search warrants. Authorities seized a New Holland baler, wagons, construction equipment, trailers, four motor vehicles and other items that had been reported stolen.