June 23 news

WORTHINGTON - Concrete pavement joint work on Oxford Street from Diagonal Road to McMillan Street is scheduled to begin today, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Oxford Street will be open to through traffic, however, driving lanes will be restricted and there will be brief intermittent traffic interruptions.

Please reduce your speed, watch for construction equipment and drive carefully in the construction zone. Weather permitting and construction proceeding as planned, the work should be completed and normal traffic restored in one week.

WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Emergency Management Director Joyce Jacobs has submitted the Preliminary Damage Assessment numbers to the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) following persistent and continuing high precipitation severe summer storms that began June 11th in southwest Minnesota. Nobles County’s numbers totaled more than $647,000. Jacobs cautioned that the number is preliminary and could be significantly lower or higher based on the actual costs that are yet to be determined.

According to Jacobs, the bulk of the damage is on township roads and there are some places where it was difficult to assess since water is still covering culverts and roadways.

As with the ice storm in 2013, there is no guarantee the county will be declared so entities still need to remember they are ultimately responsible for any costs they incur. Entities were advised to take photos to document damage prior to making any repairs.

Various public entities across the county including power companies, cities, townships and school districts were asked to submit their damage assessment numbers to Jacobs for submission to homeland security. Nobles County’s numbers will be combined with numbers from several other counties in the state that have also been impacted by the storms including Rock, Pipestone, Murray, Lyon and Jackson Counties.

The preliminary damage assessment is the first step in determining if Governor Mark Dayton will make a request for a presidential declaration.

Jacobs also requested that the Nobles County Board of Commissioners declare Nobles County in a State of Emergency as required to be considered for a Presidential Declaration.

CURRIE - Due to continuing flooding issues in the Currie area, the End O Line Railroad Park and Museum will remain closed until clean-up can be accomplished. The goal is to open up for regular hours starting on Wednesday, June 25th if the flooding recedes and the clean-up process can be completed by then.

Follow them on Facebook for updates or visit the website at www.endoline.com for updates.

LEOTA -- University of Minnesota Extension Agronomists Dr. Seth Naeve and Dr. Jeff Coulter, along with Extension Educators Liz Stahl and Mike Boersma, will be on hand today to answer questions on managing crops damaged by the June 16th storm that moved across southern Minnesota.

The meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. on the John Busman farm. The clinic will be located 1 ½ miles east of Hwy 91 1st Street/County Road 71 at the farm site, 776 1st St., County Road 71.

Bring your questions. Topics include evaluating damage, replant decisions and options, and potential for interactions with disease, and potential weed and other pest problems.

Contact Liz Stahl stah0012@umn.edu (507) 372-3900 or Joni Benson harbe002@umn.edu (507)-372-3900 for more information.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A car fire earlier Friday afternoon sent one person to the hospital. Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly says firefighters were called around 1:30 p.m. to the Polaris Industries parking lot where a Pontiac Bonneville was on fire with considerable smoke. The car was parked by itself in a corner of the parking lot and firefighters managed to contain the blaze to the one vehicle.

Daly says a person in the vehicle was injured and taken to Lakes Regional Healthcare. The name of the person wasn't immediately available.

Daly says the car was destroyed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Governor Terry Branstad on Friday issued a disaster proclamation for 13 Iowa counties hit hard by ongoing storms in the past week. Locally, the proclamation includes Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Osceola and Palo Alto counties.

It allows state resources to be utilized to respond and recover from the effects of storms.

The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has made a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct damage assessments in 14 Iowa counties impacted by the recent storms. The assessments will primarily cover 14 Iowa counties impacted by the recent storms. The assessments will primarily cover public infrastructure to determine if a request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration is warranted. The assessments will be conducted in Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth and Sioux counties, locally.

SHELDON, Iowa — The burned out shell of the Rec Bowl and Buddz’s Sports Bar in Sheldon will be coming down, and the process is scheduled to begin today.

The owner of the business, as well as an employee, face arson charges in connection with the blaze that gutted the structure in May of last year. The City of Sheldon has taken steps to abate the nuisance of the burned-out structure, and earlier this month, the courts granted the building’s owners a stay until the end of this week to have the building inspected by their expert in order to obtain a second opinion as to the cause of the fire.

City Manager Scott Wynja says that once that stay expires, the City will take steps to abate the nuisance by demolishing the building. Wynja says that today the leased equipment located inside the building will be removed, and today and Tuesday the building’s utilities will be disconnected. Wynja says that there is a small amount of asbestos in the building that will need to be removed before the actual demolition can take place. He said the City is hopeful that the majority of the building will be down and removed from the site by the Independence Day weekend.

When asked who is footing the bill for the structure’s demolition and removal, Wynja said that the City of Sheldon will be picking up the tab, but that the costs will be filed as an assessment against the property, and would have to be paid to the City before the property could be sold or otherwise transferred.

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