September 15 news

WORTHINGTON - Worthington School District 518 is hosting a series of open house events at each of their facilities net week during the school day that will include an opportunity to see what happens during the school day, complete with tours and a chance to say 'hello' to staff and students.

The open houses are from 7:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. each day, at the middle school on Tuesday, Sept. 20, Prairie Elementary on Wednesday, Sept. 21 and at both the high school and West Learning Center on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Everyone is invited.

WORTHINGTON -- Volunteers are needed to help re-side the Pioneer Village fire hall beginning at 8 a.m. Sept. 24. The siding for the project has been donated in memory of former fire chief Jim Pearson.

Volunteers may be contractors, handymen or anyone willing to assist in any way. People should bring a hammer and be ready to enjoy an old-fashioned fire hall re-siding bee.

Lunch will be provided at noon. For more information, call Gary Brandt at 370-2929.

ADRIAN - A community blood drive is scheduled for Monday, September 19 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm at the Ambulance Garage / Fire Station in Adrian.  This blood drive will benefit the local area blood supply.               

As we enter the fall season the need for blood continues to be consistent to be used in surgeries, traumas, to treat cancer and burn patients.  A person can safely donate whole blood every 56 days.  With just one donation of blood a blood donor will save up to three patients’ lives.  Residents are encouraged to donate blood to help maintain the blood supply at adequate levels. 

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at, weigh 110 pounds and be in good general health the day of the blood drive.  It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating.  Please bring an ID.  Walk-ins are always welcome.

LUVERNE - The 66th Annual Tri-State Band Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 24 in Luverne, wit 20 bands participating.

Parade competition beings at 9:30 a.m. on Main Street in downtown Luverne, with 13 bands performing along the parade route. Field competition starts at 12:30 p.m. on Cardinal Field at Luverne Public Schools at 709 Kniss Avenue.

Admission to the field competition is by Tri-State Band Festival Button, which can be purchased for $5 during the parade or at the gate. Festival booklets will also be on sale for $5, featuring information about the competing bands. Participating bands include Adrian, Murray County Central, Worthington, Pipestone, Sibley-Ocheyedan, George-Little-Rock, West Lyon and more.

For more information, contact the Luverne Area Chamber at 888-283-4061 or email

PIPESTONE - Pipestone Area Schools School Board members will consider adoption of a policy during their Sept. 26 meeting that will formalize school district procedures for home-schooled students, according to the Pipestone County Star.

High School Principal Cory Strasser said the school district has followed state laws regarding home schooling, but did not previously have a policy in place. He suggested the creation of a policy in order to clarify procedures between home-schooled students and the school district, using a model policy from the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA).

According to the policy, the school district will provide textbooks, individualized instructional material and standardized tests, along with other support services upon request. Home-schooled students who live within the school district boundaries may also fully participate in extracurricular activities of the school district.

BLUE EARTH COUNTY - An Arnold's Park, Iowa man received non-life threatening injuries when a vehicle pulled out in front of him in Blue Earth County shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday. Larry Peterson, age 69, of Arnold's Park was southbound on 169/Hwy 60 near mile marker 51 in a 2011 Ford F150 pickup when Paulette Bleck, age 58, of New Ulm, driving a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, attempted to pull out from Highway 68 and head north. She pulled in front of Peterson, and the front of the pickup struck the driver's side of the Equinox. Both drivers were taken to a nearby hospital in Mankato. Both vehicles were totaled.

SIBLEY, Iowa -- The Community Foundation of Osceola County has more than $91,200 available to facilitate endowment building and grant making throughout the county.

Grant applications will be taken from Sept. 28 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10. All 501(c)(3) organizations, 107b units of government and other potentially qualifying charitable organizations operating in or for the benefit of Osceola County should contact The Community Foundation of Osceola County for applications, guidelines and additional information.

All information, the application, a sample application, and score sheet, can also be accessed on the County Foundation website at

The contribution to the Foundation was made possible by the Iowa General Assembly. In 2004 the Iowa legislature passed several bills to encourage foundation building and community-based philanthropy.

Osceola County residents who wish to volunteer to serve on the Community Foundation of Osceola County Board of Directors and assist with the grant evaluation process are asked to contact Mike Earll at the Osceola County Economic Development Office by Oct. 20. Each community in Osceola County, as well as the county at large, is represented by two volunteers.

All inquiries pertaining to The Community Foundation of Osceola County, 2016/2017 grant application opportunities and other foundation information should be directed to either Earll or Peggy Steinmetz at the foundation, phone (712) 754-2523 or email or

ST. PAUL - The Interstate 35 West bridge across the Mississippi River will glow blue for 11 days in honor of Jacob Wetterling. Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday ordered the bridge to be cast in blue light starting Friday. Jacob was 11 when he disappeared near his home in St. Joseph and sported the number 11 on sports jerseys.

The blue lights represent child abuse prevention.

Jacob was abducted on Oct. 22, 1989. After nearly 27 years of cold leads and mystery, Danny Heinrich recently confessed to abducting, sexually assaulting and killing him.

Heinrich led authorities to the field in Paynesville where Jacob's remains were recovered last month. Jacob's memorial service will be held Sept. 25. That's when the blue light memorial will finish.

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