April 16 news

WORTHINGTON – With dry conditions and wind, fire departments in the area were kept busy Tuesday in southwest Minnesota. The Worthington Fire Department responded to two fires on opposite ends of a city block.

The first call came in at 10:32 a.m. to 617 Omaha Avenue. Neighbors noticed a shed on the property was on fire, which Worthington Fire Chief Rick von Holdt suspects was started by a heat lamp.

A second fire was reported at 6 p.m. at 1609 Okabena Avenue, and involved a garage and house. American Red Cross volunteers responded to the fire, which left a family of four temporarily displaced from their home. The Red Cross was on hand to make sure that the family’s immediate emergency needs were met.

The Worthington Fire Department responded to a third fire on Plotts Avenue in rural Worthington at 7:24 p.m. That fire was called in as a shed and trailer on fire.

WORTHINGTON – During a District 518 School Board meeting Tuesday, the resignation of head hockey coach Nate Grimmius was confirmed, but Superintendent John Landgaard stated hockey is not being cut. According to Landgaard, there are enough varsity players to continue with the program, with a possible 15 to 18 players on the squad.

A cooperative agreement with the Adrian School District for girls gymnastics was approved on a 5-2 vote, with board members Brad Shaffer and Scott Rosenberg voting against the addition of the Adrian girls. Rosenberg reiterated his statements of last month that Worthington girls could be replaced with Adrian girls on the competitive team, which he did not think was appropriate.

During the meeting, approval was also given for more than 1,000 new Dell tablets for students in grades 9 through 12.

WORTHINGTON — Directors of the E.O. Olson Trust unanimously approved a $25,000 contribution to Nobles County Pheasants Forever Tuesday, to go toward the chapter’s latest land acquisition in Bigelow Township in which 147 acres of marginal land will be seeded to prairie grasses and flowers to boost wildlife habitat and protect Worthington’s wellhead. The trust is the latest in a number of partners to contribute to the overall $850,000 cost of the property.

JACKSON - The Des Moines Valley Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association presented the Mountain Lake High School trap team with 13 shooting vests. The vests have the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association logo on the front pocket and Des Moines Valley MDHA on the back. The value of the vests is around $1,000.

Mountain Lake High school has about 40 youth, including 17 girls, taking part in trap shooting this year. Trap shooting has become a high school sport within the last couple of years.

PIPESTONE – Pipestone Area FFA member Andrew Berg has been named as a finalist for the Minnesota FFA Star Farmer, having been selected as the Region 6 winner recently. Announcement of the state’s Star Farmer will be made April 28 during the 84th state FFA Convention in the Twin Cities. Berg is the son of Phil and Laurel Berg.

ORLEANS, Iowa - Crews with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are enduring the cold weather as gillnetting operations are underway on the Iowa Great Lakes. Walleye and musky operations got underway Monday; the northern pike operations have already concluded and officials say that spawn was extremely successful.

The State Fish Hatchery in Orleans is currently open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. seven days a week during the operations. Female walleye are stripped around 8 a.m.; fish are sorted around 6 p.m., and male walleye are stripped around 7 p.m. Once spawned, adult fish are released back into the lake from which they were removed. Groups wanting a guided tour should make arrangements ahead of time by calling the Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

INWOOD, Iowa — An Inwood gas station is getting a grant to build a new renewable fuel fueling site.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has announced the Oak Street Station in Inwood has been selected as one of the recipients of funds through the “Fueling Our Future” pilot program. Each project will receive $125,000 in cost share funding to support the increased usage of higher blends of both ethanol and biodiesel.

The governor says when they announced the “Fueling Our Future” initiative in October 2013, they set a goal of expanding access to higher blends of ethanol.

The Oak Street Station will build a new site in Inwood that will offer renewable fuels in five dispensers. E10, E15, E30 and E85 will be available for ethanol customers. Diesel customers will have access to B5 year-round. That’s five percent biodiesel. B99.9 — which is almost pure biodiesel — will be offered to independent jobbers and for special use customers, such as tractor pullers and other blenders, during the summer months.

The project is also eligible for funds through the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure program. The total cost of the project is $488,944.

VERMILLION, SD - Two teenage girls from Vermillion, S.D., who’ve been missing for nearly 43 years died in a car accident, state and local authorities announced Tuesday. The girls, Pamella Jackson, and Cheryl Miller, both 17, died when their car drove off a gravel road into a flooded creek. The announcement brings to a close the uncertainty that has surrounded the girls’ disappearance, including speculation that they were victims of foul play.

The car they were riding in was hidden until last fall, when low water in the creek brought it into view. A fisherman called authorities in September 2013 after noticing one of the car’s wheels sticking out of the creek.

The car, a 1960 Studebaker, was found on the south side of a bridge just a short distance away from the site of the party.

MINNESOTA - If you’re in the market for a new puppy, the Better Business Bureau is warning you to be careful about shopping for one online.

The BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota says scammers are setting up fake websites, claiming they’re dog breeders with puppies to sell.

The group said it has heard from consumers who tried to buy a puppy from one of the fraudulent websites, thinking they were dealing with a legitimate business, but ended up losing hundreds of dollars instead.

Clues to watch for include having only an email address for communication with the company, poor grammar or misspellings, and methods of payment that are restricted to a wire or a pre-paid credit card.


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