August 14 news

WORTHINGTON – The filing period for municipal and school open terms closed Tuesday at 5 p.m., but candidates have until 5 p.m. today to withdraw if they so choose. Already in the city of Worthington council race, one person has chosen to pull their name from the November ballot.

Darlene Vortherms has opted to withdraw from the Ward 2 race, leaving the field of candidates numbering four. Michael Harmon, Chad Cummings, Jeanene Townswick and Rodolfo “Marty” Martinez will vie for the seat that is being vacated by Mike Kuhle.
Kuhle has chosen to toss his hat into the ring for the position of mayor, along with Chris Dybevick and incumbent Alan Oberloh.

In Ward 1, incumbent Ronald Wood will go up against newcomer Larry Janssen.

JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners approved a tax abatement Tuesday for TP Holding, LLC of Jackson. The requested abatement is for no more than $1,291 a year for 15 years, with an overall maximum abatement of $19,365.

The Board also approved the purchase of a Trimble Robotic Total Station and controllers for just over $41,000. The current total station is 14 years old and not functioning properly.

LAKEFIELD - The University of Minnesota On-Farm GAP’s Education Program and University of Minnesota Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership are partnering to provide a day-long on-farm GAP’s workshop at Brandt Gardens & Greenhouse in Lakefield.

This workshop is intended for commercial fruit and vegetable farmers. Participants will learn the most recent food safety information including GAPs audits and the Food Safety Modernization Act and what it may means for producers. They will also have an opportunity to tour the packing, washing, and storage facilities, learn about potential food safety issues on the farm, practiced food safety SOPs and risk assessment statements.

This training will be Friday, August 22nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brandt Gardens and Greenhouse in Lakefield. The cost for this training is $15 which will cover lunch and snacks.

To participate in this daylong training, participants will need to register online by Tuesday, August 19 at z.umn.edu/gapsww.

For additional information or questions, contact Bill Brandt at brandtgardens@gmail.com or 507-662-5631.

HULL, Iowa - Authorities are investigating the theft of U.S. flags in the northwest Iowa city of Hull.

The Sioux City Journal reports the flags were missing from homes and school property on the north side of Hull. The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says the flags were removed from poles between 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday. The sheriff's office didn't say how many flags were stolen.

MILFORD, Iowa - The Black Knights Car Club will be holding an event called “Spectacular Cars Weekend’' on Saturday. This is one of Northwest Iowa's largest Car Shows with 29 classes and 3 special awards. Trophys will be awarded to the top three in each class.
Sunday is the 3rd annual “Cruise the Lakes” which is approximately a 2-hour cruise around the Iowa Great Lakes. Both events start at The Classic Car Museum in Milford, Iowa just west of Perkins on Highway 86.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Some area banks say their customers are being targeted through a scam involving debit cards. Officials say some customers have reported receiving calls from their bank purporting their debit card has been blocked. The caller is then asked to enter their card information and reactivate the card.

Officials recommend that if you get such a call, you should NOT enter any information. Instead hang up and contact your bank directly to see if there is actually any problem.

MALLARD, Iowa - An investigation into a complaint early Wednesday morning in Mallard landed a Spencer woman in jail on multiple charges. The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called around 1 a.m. to 211 South 2nd Street in Mallard. Upon investigating, deputies arrested 36-year-old Rachel Haley of Spencer on charges of disorderly conduct, public intoxication, serious assault and assault on a peace officer.

Haley was booked into the Palo Alto county jail pending an initial court appearance.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - A two-vehicle collision Tuesday in Lyon county sent one person to the hospital. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says 67-year-old Myron Krull of Rock Rapids was northbound on County Road K-60 and was attempting to turn left when he turned into the path of a southbound vehicle driven by 48-year-old Donald Nelson of Little Rock.

Nelson was transported by ambulance to the Rock Rapids hospital. No other injuries were reported.

$2,000 in damage was estimated to a 1998 Buick driven by Nelson; a 2,000 Ford F250 driven by Krull sustained an estimated $4,000 in damage.

The Rock Rapids Fire Department, the Lyon county ambulance and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources assisted.

The collision took place shortly before 8:30 a.m.

MINNESOTA - A Minnesota cult leader who has been on the run from law enforcement officials since April, when he was charged with sexually assaulting several girls, has been seen in western Washington State, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The department released a statement saying it received a “credible tip” that 52-year-old Victor Barnard was at a McDonald’s restaurant in Raymond, Washington, earlier Wednesday. When he left there, he began driving north on State Road 101 toward Aberdeen. The witness said a female passenger was with him in the car.
He was driving a dark blue Audi 2-door sedan with tinted windows and a spoiler, according to the state patrol.

A nationwide manhunt has been underway for Barnard since April 11, when a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with a years-long investigation into alleged child molestation at a religious sect he founded in northern Pine County, Minnesota.

Investigators say Barnard molested a number of girls while he led the River Road Fellowship, and he is charged with 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct.

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