September 16 news

WORTHINGTON - Worthington High School Class of 1981 will have a 35-year reunion get-together from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Long Branch, downtown Worthington.

For more information, go to the Worthington MN High School Class of 1981 Facebook page or contact Beth Rickers Namanny, 360-4039, or Gail Peters Holinka, 360-4619.

SLAYTON - Murray County Central math teacher Brenda Whitehead has been named one of four Educators of Excellence for Greater Minnesota by the Minnesota Rural Education Association. The state is divided into four geographic zones, and Whitehead was awarded the honor for the southern part of Minnesota.

According to MREA Executive Director Fred Nolan, the honorees represent an inspiring group of educators who have positively impacted students and student achievement, shown leadership in their school and community and helped bring about new and innovative practices in education. The MREA Board of Directors reviewed nominations and selected the 2016 Educators of Excellence based on their impact, innovation, leadership and collaboration.

According to the Murray County Wheel/Herald, Whitehead described her philosophy of teaching as helping students learn to the best of their ability. She has taught math at MCC for 16 years, and also directs the fall musical, spring play, is a junior class advisor and frequently accompanies the Rebel Voices, a specialty choir at the high school.

MCC Superintendent Joe Meyer said Whitehead is a great educator who demonstrates a positive impact on students and student achievement and is creative and innovative in her practice.

She is married to Slayton police officer Tom Whitehead and has two sons, Max and Mason.

SW MN - US Sen. Amy Klobuchar will spend the next two days visiting southwest Minnesota, kicking off the tour this morning with a stop at the Redwood Electric Cooperative Solar Garden in Lamberton. At 1:30 p.m., she will be at an Alzheimer's event at the Lyon County Library in Marshall, will visit the Tyler Solar Farm at 3:15 p.m. and will cap off her day with a visit to the Pipestone National Monument at4:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Senator Klobuchar will start her day with a visit to the Veterans Home in Luverne at 10:45, then will head to Worthington to deliver the keynote address, which takes place at 1 p.m. in downtown at the corner of 10th Street and Fourth Avenue at the Great Gobbler Gallop finish line.

LUVERNE - Rock County is seeking people who are interested in becoming master gardeners. For registration information for the 2017 Master Gardener Program, contact the Rock County Extension Office at 507-283-1302. Applications for the program are due by October 1, and online classes begin in January. Scholarship assistance may be available.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A Spirit Lake man is now facing federal charges of child pornography after pleading not guilty in Dickinson County District Courtto 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

An indictment unsealed Wednesday in US District Court alleges that 41-year-old Chuck Juhl received and possessed pornographic images of minors on a laptop computer from July 2014 to October 2014. He was arrested in May following an investigation by the Iowa Divisionof Criminal Investigation and its Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that took 21 month.

Julh made an appearance in US District Court and pleaded not guilty. A trial is scheduled to begin in November.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Sara Koepp has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the District 3 seat on the Dickinson County Board of Supervisors. The committee assigned with the task of making an appointment to fill the vacancy made the announcement Thursday following a forum involving those who had applied.

Shane Bush, who is running for a full term on the seat in the November General Election, was among those who applied to fill the seat on an interim basis. County Treasurer Kris Rowley said all three committee members felt voters in District 3 need to decide between Bush or his challenger, Tim Fairchild, who are seeking a full term on the seat in the November General Election.

Koepp will fill the District 3 seat until results from the November 8th General Election are canvassed and made official on November 15th.

INWOOD, Iowa — A manure discharge in Lyon County is getting the blame for a fish kill near Inwood.

According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, specialists from their Spencer field office investigated a fish kill reported about two miles north of Inwood in Lyon County on Thursday.

Investigators found elevated ammonia levels and 1,354 dead chubs and minnows along two miles of an unnamed tributary of the Big Sioux River. The DNR reports its investigators traced a manure discharge to a 600-head beef confinement operation allegedly owned by Jeff Kruse. They say liquid manure had been pumped from a storage pit into a nearby field where it flowed overland to the stream.

The area received heavy rains Thursday morning. The discharge has stopped, according to the DNR.

DNR officials say they will monitor any cleanup and consider appropriate enforcement action.

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