June 4 news

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously approved a motion to ask the Worthington City Council not to put a question on the 2014 general election ballot about transferring park property where the old pool was located to the county for use to build and operate a public library.

The city charter requires voter approval to release the land from park status, but the commissioners expressed concern that the $30,000 to $50,000 it would cost to put the question on the ballot would be spent needlessly. Several of the commissioners said the issue of the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System and bonding that could possibly have to take place to get Worthington tied into the project had shifted their priorities.

Commissioner Gene Metz pointed out that there were school issues likely to appear on the ballot this year, and all of the commissioners agreed that although they support the idea of a new library, the prospect of Lewis and Clark funding issues hanging over their heads means water has to remain high on that priority list.

The board also approved property tax abatements through the Nobles Home Initiative for the construction of three new homes within Nobles County and approved conditional use permits for several agricultural and one business project.

A land transfer to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was also approved. The 144.71 acres of land in Bigelow Township had generated $3,006 in property taxes in 2014. The state’s payment in lieu of taxes on the parcel will be $6,294. This is the parcel purchased by Nobles County Pheasants Forever and funding partners earlier this year.

LUVERNE – A $5,000 reward is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who broke into the Sharkee’s building in Luverne in the early morning hours May 27 and set a fire.

According to information released by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, a forcible entry was made and a fire intentionally set. A deputy with the sheriff’s office noticed smoke coming from the Sharkee’s building at 705 S. Kniss Ave that morning. The Luverne and Beaver Creek Fire Departments were called to put out the fire.

The State Fire Marshall and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) were called in to assist the sheriff’s office with the investigation, which still continues.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rock County Sheriff’s Office at 507-283-5000 and speak with Investigator Jeff Wieneke or Sheriff Evan Verbrugge. They can be reached by email at jeff.wieneke@co.rock.mn.us or evan.verbrugge@co.rock.mn.us.

WINDOM – A 77-year-old Worthington man received non-life threatening injuries Tuesday morning when his 2002 Dodge Intrepid crossed the center line on Highway 71 while southbound and struck the trailer of a vehicle that was traveling north. Ronald Bulick of Worthington was transported to the Windom Hospital. The driver of the second vehicle, Matthew Dineson, age 26, of Alpha, had no apparent injury, nor did his passengers, 24-year-old Candice Rollings or 2-year-old Natalie Rollings.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa-- John Wills of Spirit Lake has won the Republican nomination for the Iowa House District One seat that was held previously by Jeff Smith of Okoboji, who did not seek another term.

According to unofficial results from Dickinson, Osceola and Lyon counties which comprise House District One, Wills had 1,891 votes; Kevin Klaasen of Sibley had 1,317 and Kevin Wolfswinkel of Sibley had 1,246.

Incumbent Paul Johnson has defeated challenger Mike Wittrock in the Republican Primary for the District 4 seat on the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors.

Unofficial results from the Dickinson County Auditor's Office from Tuesday's Primary election show Johnson had 306 votes while Wittrock had 266.

DOON, Iowa — An Ireton man has been sentenced to a five-year prison term after pleading guilty to three counts of burglary in connection with a string of break-ins in Doon.

According to Lyon County Attorney Shayne Meyer, 32-year-old Adam Edward Smith of Ireton was sentenced to the five-year term last week. Smith entered a plea of guilty to three counts of Burglary in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony.

According to court records, Smith was accused of breaking into Hiller Lumber, the Corner Cafe, DJ’s Service, Sparkle Car Wash Equipment, the Farmers Elevator, and twice breaking into the Doon Steakhouse in August of last year. At the Doon Steakhouse he was accused of taking property in excess of $1,000.

Smith was sentenced to serve five years in prison. He has also been ordered to pay victim restitution, surcharges, and court costs.

He was originally charged with three counts of Fourth Degree Criminal Mischief, for the damage allegedly done to three of the businesses’ doors, six counts of Third Degree Burglary and one count of Second Degree Theft.

MINNESOTA - A surprising announcement Tuesday came from former legislator Matt Entenza, who filed at the last minute to run for state auditor. Surprising because he’s a high-profile DFLer and is challenging the Democratic incumbent, Rebecca Otto. The two will meet in the August 12 primary. The primary winner will face Republican Randy Gilbert in the November election.

Entenza served 12 years in the Minnesota House and was minority leader from 2003-2006. He ran for attorney general in 2006 but withdrew from that race before the election. He also ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010. After that campaign, Entenza founded a progressive think tank called Minnesota 2020.

Entenza, of Worthington, said he’s challenging Otto because he thinks the auditor should have a higher profile and be more aggressive about investigating wasteful spending.

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FYI, In your Matt Entenza auditor story, you indicate that Minnesota 2020 was founded in 2010. Minnesota 2020 was actually founded June, 2007. Would you please correct this in your online version found at:

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