August 18 news

LAKEFIELD - A three-vehicle collision Friday evening at the intersection of Highway 86 and Jackson County Road 34 sent two people to the hospital.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 46-year-old Kern Storo of Burnsville was westbound on the county road and had stopped at the intersection. Troopers say he then pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Carol Patten of Spencer, who was northbound on Highway 86. A southbound pickup driven by 29-year-old Jeremy Sirovy of Sioux Falls came upon the scene and collided with the other two vehicles.

Storo was taken to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls; Patten was taken to Sanford Jackson Medical Center in Jackson; no injuries were reported to Sirovy.

A 2002 PT Cruiser driven by Storo and a 2008 Dodge Avenger driven by Patten were both totaled; a 2011 Ford F150 pickup driven by Sirovy sustained minor damage.

The collision took place around 7:20 p.m.

The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted by the Lakefield ambulance and Fire Department and the Jackson ambulance.

JACKSON – Interstate 90 motorists in southwestern Minnesota are advised of a traffic change on I-90 in the Jackson area later this week as construction work shifts from bridges in the westbound direction to eastbound bridges.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, on or after Wednesday, two-lane two-way traffic will be shifted from the eastbound lanes of I-90 to the westbound lanes with reduced speeds until late-September. A posted detour route will be placed for eastbound I-90 traffic for access to Highway 71 and the City of Jackson. This traffic will be routed off I-90 at Highway 86 and follow a posted detour on Jackson County Road 34 into Jackson.

The project includes work on four bridges at Jackson and four at Adrian. Crews will repair decks, rails, approach panels, drainage and paint the steel to keep them in good condition and improve the ride for the motorists. Guardrail improvements will also be made.

For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org .

JACKSON – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help with two break-ins.

On Tuesday, August 12, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a break-in at Vet’s Oil Company in Jackson. Suspects rifled through desks inside the business and removed an undetermined amount of cash.

On Friday, August 15, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Good Hair Day Salon in reference to a possible break-in. No forced entry was found and an undetermined amount of cash was taken.

If anyone has any information regarding these break-ins, they are urged to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

EMMETSBURG, Iowa - Sioux Falls-based POET will take the wraps off its new cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg early next month. The grand opening for "Project Liberty" is scheduled for Wednesday, September 3rd with public tours of the plant from 9 until 11 a.m. and from 1:45 until 4 p.m. A flyover by the ethanol-powered Vanguard squadron is also planned. The grand opening ceremony itself will run from 11 a.m. until 12:20 p.m. The event is open to the public. A lunch will be provided.

A number of booths will also be set up, and equipment will be available for viewing by the public.

Project Liberty will process 770 tons of corn cobs, leaves, husks and some stalk to produce 20 million gallons of ethanol per year. Officials with POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels say that will eventually grow to 25 million gallons per year.

Project Liberty in Emmetsburg will be the company's flagship plant to license the technology to companies across the U.S. and around the world.

SHELDON, Iowa — A burglary at J & B Bar in Sheldon is the latest to be hit in what appears to be a string of bar and restaurant burglaries, according to the Sheldon Police Department. Sheldon’s Subway restaurant and Langer’s Bar and Grill were earlier victims.

In the J & B burglary, a thief or thieves are alleged to have damaged three video machines while removing the coins. Taken from the machines was $951. The damage to the three machines is estimated at a combined total of $360, for a total of over $1,300 of loss for the bar. The crime is thought to have occurred on Friday, August 8.

Both the front and back doors were damaged as well, but the report says the dollar amount of the damage is still unknown.

Anyone with information should contact the police at 712-324-2525.

MINNESOTA - Thousands of Minnesota children will be subject to new vaccination rules next month.

Beginning Sept. 1, children enrolled in childcare and early childhood programs will be required to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B.

Those requirements already applied to some programs, but the rule change extends the requirement to every early childhood program.

Students in 7th through 12th grades will be required to get a meningococcal vaccination and a tetnus-diphtheria booster dose that includes protection against pertussis.

The new vaccination rules bring Minnesota in line with current national immunization recommendations.

Parents are still allowed to decline any or all vaccines for "conscientious reasons." They can also claim an exemption if their child can't be vaccinated for medical reasons.

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