June 12 news

WORTHINGTON – Day two of the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival is underway today with another exciting line-up. For the windsurfers, the skipper’s meeting is at 9 a.m., with racing to follow. From 9 a.m. to noon, there’s a workshop for parents and kids with artist Kevin Reese, artist Shawn McCann is at the VFW from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The food vendors are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the beer tent from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. On the Sailboard Beach Stage, Trefoil begins at 6 p.m., Paul Mayasich and the RAMM Band and 8 p.m., and at 10:15, weather permitting, the Shoreline Jam begins, with all musicians and the public welcome.

JACKSON – A South Dakota man was injured when his 1997 Peterbilt semi tractor went off the road on I-90 west of Jackson shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Scott Ulm, age 48, of Summit, SD, sustained serious injuries when the vehicle ran off the road and rolled. Ulm was taken to the Jackson Hospital. The Peterbilt was considered totaled.

SHELDON, Iowa - City leaders in Sheldon, Iowa are hoping to convince state lawmakers in Des Moines to float them a $38 million loan. Sheldon and five other northwest Iowa cities were supposed to have started receiving Lewis and Clark water in 2012 but federal funding dried up and construction ground to a halt.

But if Iowa follows Minnesota's lead, the dry days could be history. Scott Wynja is Sheldon's city administrator and has been searching for some type of water alternative since Lewis and Clark pipeline construction began to falter. He's considered buying water from nearby water systems. He's considered abandoning Lewis and Clark altogether. But he needs water and Lewis and Clark has it - they just can't get it to him yet. He said $38 million will bring the pipeline from the Big Sioux River - the Iowa portion - all the way to Sheldon.

So Wynja is now spearheading an effort to convince Iowa lawmakers to do what Minnesota lawmakers have done: give Sheldon state money to finish their section of the project. When federal money comes available for the project, Sheldon will pay the state back.

In the meantime, the city will depend on its new half-a-million dollar deep water well as a new source of water. It's hard water and dirty water, but it's the only water Sheldon can get its hands on right now.

Wynja says in a few weeks he plans on personally lobbying Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on this state funding idea, hoping the governor will give it real consideration. But no action could really be taken until January at the earliest, when the Iowa Legislature reconvenes.

MILFORD, Iowa - A special session of the Milford city council on Wednesday to discuss future employment of City Administrator Matt Skaret ended with a longtime Mayor and council member submitting their letters of resignation.

It was stated at the meeting that a call for a performance review of the City Administrator is what brought the matter to the forefront, with several newly-elected council members calling for Skaret's dismissal. Proponents of Skaret spoke of his character and accused several of the new council members of being on what they called a "political witch hunt" to remove several key city officials, something the council members denied. Skaret's proponents also accused the council members of circumventing the process in attempting to remove him, saying the matter should have gone before the city's Personnel Committee first.

Following a lengthy discussion and several failed motions, one was approved to place Skaret on a paid leave of absence while the Personnel Committee takes up the issue. As part of the motion, the council agreed to hire Mark Stevens as interim City Administrator. Stevens previously served as City Administrator in Spirit Lake before stepping down to start up a consulting service to assist cities with such matters.

The meeting ended with Mayor Don Lamb submitting his resignation, effective at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, and Rick Kiltz resigning his seat effective in 30 days.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The Spirit Lake city council Tuesday rejected bids for a trail to be constructed along the west side of Hill Avenue from 30th to 36th Streets as part of the "Safe Route To School" project. The council took the action after learning the bids came in more than $100,000 over the engineer's estimate.

$207,000 of the cost is being covered through a D.O.T grant, which will remain in place. The city hopes to get even more of the cost covered through a REAP Grant that the Dickinson County Trails Board is applying for on the city's behalf. It was stated at Tuesday's meeting the city should know October 1st whether it's been awarded that grant. The city will then re-bid the project this coming winter.

BOYDEN, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to find out what happened to some equipment now thought to have been stolen from a processing facility in Boyden.

The sheriff’s office says they are investigating a theft report that is alleged to have occurred at SIG International, a pork processing plant in Boyden.

The sheriff’s office investigation shows that a perpetrator or perpetrators likely took steel rails and switches used for moving hog carcasses. The thefts likely occurred sometime between September of last year and May 29, 2014. The rails and switches are valued at approximately $2,200.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use the Text-a-Tip program. Find directions at siouxcountysheriff.com.

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