August 21 news

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Area Foundation is now accepting applications for grants to be awarded in November 2014. More than $15,000 will be available for distribution to qualifying organizations.

The Worthington Area Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit philanthropic organization funded by large and small donations. Foundation grants are made to non-profit, non-religious and non-political groups. An eligible organization should promote local culture, environmental causes, educational, recreational or civic activities essential to building and strengthening the community. Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) tax status to be eligible.

Grant applications may be picked up at the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, 1121 Third Ave., or on the Worthington Area Foundation’s website: www.wgtnarea.foundation.org.

Completed applications must be returned to the Worthington Area Foundation, Box 373, Worthington 56187 by Oct. 6.

JACKSON – Rep. Tim Walz toured AGCO Manufacturing in Jackson Wednesday to talk about Made-in-America manufacturing and push for reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which promotes American manufacturing around the world.

Walz said companies like AGCO prove we can make things in America, providing good-paying jobs that reinvigorate local communities. By reauthorizing the Export-Import bank, he said, we’re renewing our commitment to American manufacturing, revitalizing Main Street, and working to create good paying, middle-class jobs right here at home.

In the last few years, AGCO completed a 75,000-square-foot expansion of their manufacturing facility in Jackson to begin production of Massey Ferguson and Challenger high horsepower wheeled row crop tractors. With the expansion, AGCO created 200 new manufacturing jobs in Jackson.

Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank also has broad bipartisan support from both business and labor groups including the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO, and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

PIPESTONE - Pipestone National Monument will celebrate Founder’s Day Monday, August 25, 2014, to commemorate the establishment of both the National Park Service and Pipestone National Monument.

Congress established the National Park Service on August 25, 1916, with thirty-five national parks and monuments administered under the Department of Interior. Pipestone National Monument was added to the system by Congress on August 25, 1937 and celebrates 77 years of being a part of the National Park Service.

The Monument will provide complimentary cookies and coffee to visitors at the Pipestone National Monument Visitor Center between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To promote the Monument’s Junior Ranger program, there will be Junior Ranger activities all day. In addition, all youth receiving a Junior Ranger badge will be eligible to enter a raffle to win a Pipestone National Monument Annual Pass. The Pass will admit the winning youth and all family members for one full year.

For more information on Founders Day, the Friends photo contest, or Junior Rangers please call the Monument at 507-825-5464 ext. 214.

LAKEFIELD - The Prairie Ecology Bus Center Star Party will be Friday night from 8:30 to 11pm. The program will start at Sparks Park in Lakefield with a presentation by 30-year amateur astronomer, Kevin Hlavac of Lakefield and Dr. Paul Seifert, physics professor at Minnesota West in Worthington.

Participants will become familiar with some of the objects that will be observed through telescopes, as well as view photos and information on telescopes at Mauna Kea in Hawaii and Kitt Peak near Tuscon, Arizona.

Following the indoor presentation, participants will caravan to Sandy Point County Park where there will be a variety of telescopes to observe Saturn, Mars, the summer Milky Way and many other astronomical objects.

Pre-registration is required at 507-662-5064 or by email at Marilyn@ecologybus.org.

SPENCER, Iowa - A Spencer man was seriously injured Tuesday evening in a motorcycle crash in Clay County. The Sheriff's Office says 65-year-old Steven Loehr was driving a 2007 Yamaha westbound on 300th Avenue shortly after 4:30 p.m. when he lost control and flipped the motorcycle.

Loehr was transported by ambulance to Spencer Hospital and was later life-flighted.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Fostoria Fire and Rescue, Spencer EMT's and the Spencer Police Department.

SPENCER, Iowa - A Spencer woman sustained minor injuries when a vehicle she was driving collided with a cow Tuesday night on Highway 71 in Clay County.

The Sheriff's Office says 24-year-old Jessica Petersen sustained some minor cuts but wasn't taken to a hospital.

Deputies say the collision took place shortly after 11:30 p.m. in the 3100 mile of Highway 71.

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