June 17 news

WORTHINGTON - Water main work on McMillan Street from Ryan’s Road to Stower Drive is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 20, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department.  McMillan Street from Ryan’s Road to Stower Drive will be open for access to businesses only and will be closed to through traffic for two to three weeks. 

The Engineering Department will release more information as the water main work progresses on McMillan Street from Stower Drive to Oxford Street.

Please watch for changing traffic conditions and signing, reduce your speed, watch for construction equipment and drive carefully in the construction zone. 

WORTHINGTON - The downtown Worthington Farmers Market will start this Tuesday at the parking lot at 10th Street and 2nd Avenue. A wide variety of producers will have a variety of fresh produce available from 4 to 7 p.m. There is still room for local producers to sell their goods at the market. Anyone interested in  selling their wares can contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 372-2919.

WORTHINGTON - Sanford Worthington, the Daily Globe, Radio Works and the Ground Round will host a blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ground Round, 1290 Ryan’s Road in Worthington.  All who donate will receive a special food voucher, compliments of Ground Round, and a commemorative All American Blood Donor t-shirt.   

This blood drive comes at a time when the blood supply is extremely low.  Blood usage has increased by 20 percent in recent days due to unexpected high volumes of treating trauma patients, placing a heavy burden on the blood supply.  All residents are encouraged to donate blood.  This blood drive will help the supply at Sanford Worthington Medical Center.  All blood types are in immediate need. 

According to Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Versteeg, people busy with summer activities forget to donate blood, and community support is vital to the local blood supply to keep an adequate level in the treatment of trauma, surgery, cancer and burn patients.   

Community Blood Bank is a non-profit, cooperative of Sanford Worthington Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital.  In addition to supplying Worthington, the blood bank services many other local hospitals including Slayton, Pipestone, Luverne, Jackson, and the V.A. Medical Center.  Community Blood Bank is not affiliated with other blood bank organizations and takes pride in being a self-sufficient organization, thanks to the generosity of our local blood donors.            

Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years old with signed parent consent form), weigh 110 lbs or more and be in good general health the day of the blood drive.  Please bring a form of I.D.  For more information, log onto www.cbblifeblood.org or call Ground Round at 376-3043.  Walk-ins are welcome.   

WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Library will host the Treasure Village performances of “Little Red & The 3 Pigs” June 27.

The first performance will be at 10 a.m. at the Adrian Elementary School, 515 Oklahoma Ave., Adrian; the second performance at 1:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 1200 Fourth Ave., Worthington.

The performances are free of charge and open to the public. The performances were made possible with contributions from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

SLAYTON - The Southwest Regional Development Commission’s annual meeting will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at the Bello Cucina Banquet Room, Marshall, and conclude with a dinner. This year’s guest speaker is Wade Fauth, Vice President of the Blandin Foundation. Fauth will be giving a background on the Blandin Foundation, and how they have been partnering with our communities and the Regional Development Organizations in the state on various projects and programs. Fauth will also discuss how we can best continue to partner to serve the needs of our rural communities. Advance registration is necessary. If you plan to stay for dinner the cost is $15 per person. If you are attending the meeting only there is no charge. Please RSVP by calling the SRDC Office, 507-836-1644 prior to June 29.

SLAYTON - The Murray County Board of Commissioners is currently taking applications for a citizen appointment to the Shetek Area Water and Sewer Commission. Additional Information including membership requirements and a committee application are available on the Murray County website or by contacting the Murray County Coordinators office. Interested persons are encouraged to submit a committee application to the Murray County Coordinator, P.O. Box 57, Slayton, MN 56172 by 4 p.m. July 1st. The Murray County Board and its Board Chair reserve the right to make any appointment at any time throughout the year.

BOYDEN, Iowa - Beth Sipma, age 53, of Boyden was arrested by the Sioux County Sheriff's Office Thursday and charged with first degree theft following an investigation into improper money disbursement that took place while she held the position of city clerk.

An investigation by the State Auditor's Office identified $36,228 in questionable spending while Sipma was in charge of the city's finances. Of that, the report says nearly $31,000 of payments were made to Sipma, along with more than $3,000 of purchases she's accused of making with the city's credit cards. That included just over $1,300 for airline tickets from Minneapolis to Aberdeen, Scotland, a little more than $500 for a cell phone bill and $429 of personal purchases from IKEA. The report says the improper disbursements included late fees and interest incurred by the city for late credit card payments and contributions not remitted in a timely manner to the Iowa Public Employees' Retirement System. The report identified an additional $1,568 of unsupported disbursements including purchases from various vendors for which supporting documentation wasn't available.

A request was made for the State Auditor to review the city's finances after city officials discovered the discrepancies. The Sioux County Attorney then requested the sheriff's office join the investigation.

ASHTON, Iowa - Manure that has gotten into a creek in Osceola County is coming from a hog confinement, according to authorities.

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Environmental Field Office in Spencer have said they received a complaint Thursday regarding the manure leak, which was then traced to an above-ground storage tank at a hog confinement about 1.5 mile northeast of Ashton. DNR Representatives found a trickle of manure running about 100 yards before entering Kappes Creek, a tributary of Otter Creek. Officials say ammonia levels are elevated near the entry point, but no dying or dead fish were found in the creek. Field tests showed no ammonia levels a half mile downstream.

The DNR says the owner of the 4,400 head hog confinement, Cooperative Credit Company of Ashton, was trying to line up equipment to dam up the discharge to keep it from reaching the creek. It wasn't clear when the leakage started or how much manure was lost.

DNR officials will continue to monitor the situation and will consider appropriate enforcement action.

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