January 6 news

WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Commissioner Gene Metz was elected as Board Chair Tuesday during the first meeting of 2016, with Commissioner Don Linssen being voted in as Vice Chair.

Along with taking care of normal first meeting business such as fee schedules, board appointments and meeting dates, the commissioners approved the demolition of the old Adrian Pool Hall with a quote from Henning Construction of $64,800. The building is on one of the tax-forfeited properties that did not sell at auction, and county staff has been working on the problem of the abandoned, unsafe building for quite some time.

Part of the problem is that the building shares walls with neighboring buildings. According to County Administrator Tom Johnson, there has been discussion with the city about whether or not cost for some of the demolition will be shared, and those discussions will continue, he said.

The demolition will take place this winter, and the goal is to have it done by April 15.

Under the lead of Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder, a discussion regarding diagonal parking on County State Aid Highway 39 in Dundee took place that led to a possible change in policy for the county. Schnieder said past policy was to have cities be responsible for costs such as wider roads, but in this case, the city of Dundee was asking for help.

Dundee Mayor Wayne Paplow said the city had limited funds and was hoping the county would help with the expense of the wider road and angled paring in front of the church. According to Schnieder, in the $1.4 million project, the diagonal parking in front of the church would add about $25,000. Schnieder’s recommendation to the commissioners was for the county to pay for the wider road and change the policy.

Without the written policy in front of them, the commissioners moved to table the matter until the next meeting.

The commissioners also presented the December Excellence in Performance Award to Ashley Dresser, a social worker within the children’s unit of Nobles County Community Services.

WORTHINGTON – Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival Board announced Tuesday that Kat Perkins will be headlining the festival on Friday, June 10 at 8:30 p.m.

Perkins was a Top 5 contestant on NBC’s The Voice, coached by Adam Levine of Maroon 5, and has opened for Bon Jovi and released her first single, “Fearless,” in August 2014.

Perkins was born and raised in Scranton, North Dakota before moving to the Twin Cities. She was chosen to audition for season 6 of The Voice after producers saw a video of her singing Adele’s “Someone Like You” on YouTube. Perkins performed Fleetwood Mac’s "Gold Dust Woman" at the television show's blind audition, and received interest from three judges. She chose Levine as her coach, who led her to the semifinals. Perkins was saved from elimination twice by audience votes via Twitter, before being eliminated from The Voice in May 2014.

The Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival Board is pleased to have Perkins headline the Friday night performance and plans to announce the Saturday night headliner within the next two weeks.

LUVERNE — Minnesota House Aging and Long Term Care Policy Chairman Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne, and State Senator Bill Weber, R-Luverne, are hosting two listening sessions to discuss Minnesota’s historic nursing home funding and reform law and to learn about its local impacts.

The first session is scheduled for 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Good Samaritan Society-Mary Jane Brown Home, 110 S. Walnut Ave., Luverne. The second is set for 3 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Edgebrook Care Center, 505 Trosky Road W., Edgerton.

MINNESOTA - Five Minnesota men are charged with felonies after investigators say they tried to solicit underage girls for sex on Craigslist.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in an operation that lasted weeks, an undercover agent working as a 14-year-old girl corresponded with each of the men in Craigslist’s “Casual Encounter” section.

The BCA says each of the suspects arranged to meet the “girl” for a sexual encounter and was arrested at the meeting location.

The suspects range in age from an 18-year-old Fairmont man to a 61-year-old from Mankato. Others are men in their 30s from Richfield, St. Louis Park, and Eagle Lake.

They’re charged with felony counts of soliciting sexual conduct with a child through electronic communication, describing sexual conduct during electronic communication with a child, and providing material related to sexual conduct to a child.

The sting was led by agents with the BCA’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which works with law enforcement and prosecutors across the state.

It targets those who would use the Internet to exploit children. The BCA says the task force received nearly 1,300 tips in 2015, which is six times more than in its first year in 2010.

MINNESOTA - Road deaths are the highest they’ve been in Minnesota since 2010, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

Preliminary numbers show 396 people died on Minnesota roads in 2015. The safety department predicts the actual number to come in at 405 (the early figures were calculated before Dec. 31).

That would be the highest since 2010 when 411 died. In 2014, 361 people died in road related accidents.




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