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MCC Frozen parody involves students, staff and silly

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SLAYTON – These days parodies are as plentiful as snowflakes, but getting a chance to see your high school home economics teacher chase her students out of the classroom with a broom while choir teacher Eli Johnson croons a tune lamenting the fact that Christmas break hasn’t started yet? Not quite as common.

Kristin St. James, who teaches English at Murray County Central, has a hit on her hands. On Thursday, she posted a parody on YouTube that she and some others created. “Let Them Go: A Frozen Parody” features staff from MCC and the PBIS students.

“I filmed last Thursday and Friday, and put it together all day Saturday,” St. James explained. “I showed it Wednesday to celebrate their achievement, then put it up on YouTube. It’s been crazy to see how many people have watched it!”

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support is a program that promotes positive attitudes and a positive environment. As a way to celebrate with the students for some positive test scores, St. James decided to take on a fun project. She is also the speech coach and co-directs the musical each fall, so a video seemed to be a good fit.

“We just have such a great staff that is willing to let me do such silly things and everyone has such positive attitudes about it,” St. James laughed. “I think the final product shows that even as a staff we like to have fun, too.”

In the video, teachers high-five as students leave, spin with joy in the hallways, chase students and ignore the teenagers who press their noses to the glass doors, trying to peer inside the school.

You can find the link to the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgpOwQv5CgA&sns=fb Congratulations to St. James and MCC on a job well done. Have a great winter break.

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December 19 news

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WORTHINGTON - The Community Improvement Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, Daily Globe and Worthington Public Utilities have announced the winners of the Holiday Lighting Contest, with first place this year going to Matt and Cheri Oleske at 1118 Grand Avenue. The Oleskes will receive $100 in Chamber checks and $100 off their December utility bill. Second place went to Les and Deb Froderman at 1424 Eckerson Drive, and third place to Allan Henderscheidt at 1038 Wilbur Street. They will receive $75 and $50 in Chamber Checks respectively, with the same amount off their utility bill.

In the business category, first place goes to South Shore Care Center at 1307 South Shore Drive. They will receive $100 off their Chamber dues and $100 of their utility bill. Honorable mention goes to Picket Fence on Main at 201 10th Street.

WORTHINGTON - the Nobles County Planning Commission met Wednesday and extended the amount of time given to August and Nadine Froderman to get their wood piles under control in Reading. Progress has been made, they said, but there is more that needs to be done. They will need to appear before the commission for a review in late May.
The planning commission also received an update on the feedlot ordinance. Changes are being made to the county’s ordinance to bring it more in line with ordinances in neighboring counties. The commission will review the changes during a public hearing in January.

New leadership on the planning commission was also elected, with Colleen Gruis moving from vice-chairperson to chairperson and Gerald Erstad to serve as vice-chairman in 2015. Jim Gruye, who has served on the commission since the mid-1960s and must now retire due to recently enacted term limits, was thanked for his many years of service on the commission.

PRIMGHAR, Iowa - Possible injuries were reported in a two-vehicle collision Wednesday at the intersection of two county roads in O'Brien County. The Sheriff's Office says 16-year-old Tristan Haag of Primghar was eastbound and failed to stop in an intersection. Deputies say she collided with a northbound vehicle driven by 38-year-old Heidi Woltman of Remsen.

Woltman sustained possible injuries. No injuries were reported to Haag, who was charged with failure to obey a stop sign.

$5,700 in damage was estimated to a 2012 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by Woltman; damage to a 2000 Ford pickup driven by Haag was estimated at $7,000. The collision took place around 8:15 a.m.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s office is looking for the public’s help to find any clues to the apparent theft of a gun.

The Sheriff’s Office says their deputies investigated a report of a theft that was reported at a home north of Orange City. Upon further investigation, investigators believe that on Saturday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m., a homeowner reported seeing a person wearing black clothing and a black ski mask near his home. The homeowner reportedly scared the suspect off and a short time later noticed he was allegedly missing a Ruger 9mm pistol.

The suspect was described as being approximately six feet tall with slender build. Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

MINNESOTA - Health officials and providers are encouraging the public to get flu shots and stay home if they have flu-like symptoms as peak flu season gets underway. Early indicators point to this year's flu season being one of the worst in recent memory.
The Minnesota Department of Health reported 60 hospitalized influenza cases for the week ending Dec. 13, bringing the total number of hospitalized cases this year up to 309.

The department also reported a second pediatric death, though it did not give out details.

In addition 203 new schools reported outbreaks this week, bringing the total number of schools reporting outbreaks this year to 271. K-12 schools report an outbreak when the number of ill students reaches 5 percent of total enrollment or three or more students are absent from the same elementary school classroom.

NATION - Two Wisconsin girls accused of repeatedly stabbing a friend to impress the fictional “Slender Man” have been found competent to stand trial.

A Wisconsin judge ruled that a 13-year-old defendant, who was 12 at the time of the incident, is competent to stand trial in the case, while the second suspect, 12, waived her right to a hearing and was ruled competent as a result

The pair have been charged with first-degree attempted murder after they allegedly lured their 12-year-old friend into the woods in Waukesha, Wisconsin, before stabbing her 19 times on May 31.

The victim managed to survive after crawling to a road where she was found by a cyclist. She returned to school in September.

There had been questions in previous court hearing about the two girls’ mental ability to stand trial, but both were found competent at today’s hearings. They have been charged as adults.

December 18 news

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WORTHINGTON – With the 2015 Legislative session just around the corner, Senator Bill Weber of Luverne and Representative Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake took the opportunity Wednesday to sit down with a group of constituents for a listening session, asking questions about what concerns the people have.

The first subject to be addressed was the possibility of a gas tax, which Weber said he would have a hard time supporting. Hamilton said he believed transportation would be one of the top issues of the session, but they would have to fight tooth and nail to get any money allocated to the southwest Minnesota region.

Both said workforce development for caregivers in the nursing home industry has been ignored for too long. Weber pointed out that there are approximately 20 nursing homes in his district, making it the largest employer.

District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard asked that with the surplus, the legislators consider toning back the mandates he called cumbersome, explaining that the burden on the school is excessive.

Weber agreed that the mandates are problematic, stating that the government needs to get out of the people’s way. Hamilton asked for help in return. He would like to repeal mandates, but needs to know specific details about which mandates are causing problems.

A discussion of Lewis & Clark Regional Water System was inevitable. Hamilton became quite passionate about the subject, stating he and the other local legislators were thrown under the bus during the last session after the governor promised full funding. But, he said, this time around he is quite determined to get additional funding.
The legislative session begins January 6.

PIPESTONE – There was a series of planned power outages last week in Pipestone as Xcel Energy upgraded some transformers, with plenty of notice ahead of time for customers. But one transformer was forgotten, and when the power came back on, appliances in several households blew.

Certain residences along state Highway 30 following the outage scheduled on Thursday, Dec. 11 were the ones affected by the surge of voltage. Reports of lost furnaces, computers and stoves have also been received. In all, about 30 residences connected to the forgotten transformer were impacted, according to Eric Pauli, Xcel Energy community relations manager. Anyone who believes they were impacted by the Thursday, Dec. 11 voltage surge should contact Arlie Andrews, Xcel Energy damage claims, at 612-330-6215.

The outages were part of the first overall phase of Xcel Energy’s 4KV to 13.8 KV voltage conversion within the city of Pipestone.

SPENCER, Iowa - An autopsy by the State Medical Examiner's Office has ruled out foul play in the death of a 23-year-old Spencer woman. Findings of the report say the woman's death was the result of self inflicted injuries.

Spencer police were called shortly after 8:00 p.m. Monday to an apartment at 13 West 3rd Street in Spencer after getting reports of a man who was yelling for help at that address. Upon arriving officers found an unresponsive woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Spencer Police Chief Mark Warburton says the name of the woman will not be released in accordance with department policy and out of respect for the family.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - At approximately 1:36 p.m. on Tuesday, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of 260th Street and Coolidge Ave near Inwood, Iowa. Sheryl D. Van Beek, age 29, of Inwood, was operating a 2006 Honda Odyssey and was traveling east on 260th Street. She failed to stop at the stop sign and struck Heather T. Hernandez, age 20, of Inwood who was operating a 2012 Toyota Camry, which was traveling south bound on Coolidge Ave. Van Beek’s vehicle had three minor children inside, who sustained no injuries. Hernandez reported no injuries, while Van Beek had minor cuts.

All parties were taken to Rock Valley Hospital for further observation by private parties. Van Beek’s vehicle sustained approximately $7,000 in damages, while Hernandez’s vehicle was estimated at $9,000. Van Beek was cited for Failure to Obey Stop Sign. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Inwood Fire and Rescue and Inwood Body.

SHELDON, Iowa – The Sheldon City Council has moved on to the second reading of a revision to an ordinance which will change the way the Police Chief is appointed and new members of the department are hired. Currently this is all done by the City Manager. Under the proposed revision, appointment and dismissal of the Police Chief would be done by the Mayor, subject to the approval by the City Council. Other members of the police department would be hired by the City Manager with approval by the Council.

The Council also discussed an application for Region 3 Transportation Project Funds. This is the same fund which supplied sixty percent of the financing for 2013 improvements on Country Club Road and East 9th Street. City Manager Scott Wynja told the council that they could possibly apply for funding for improvements on 16th Street, but this would not happen until the 2018-19 fiscal year. Since 16th Street is a Farm to Market Road with heavy truck and tractor traffic, the City had approached the O’Brien County Board of Supervisors for financial assistance with that improvement project. At that time, the county only showed a willingness to provide assistance with the engineering. Council member Ron Rensink said he felt it was time to go back to the County again to ask them to work with the city on the improvements, but they will also proceed with applying for the Transportation Project Funds.

December 17 news

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WORTHINGTON – While this weather may not be conducive to thinking about baseball, that isn’t stopping the Minnesota Twins from putting some planning into the annual Caravan. Reliever Brian Duensing, second baseman Brian Dozier and broadcasters Jack Morris and Dick Bremer will make a stop in Worthington at 9 a.m. January 20 at the YMCA. All are invited to join us.

WORTHINGTON – The District 518 School Board passed a resolution Tuesday to enter into a contract with the Minnesota Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School program. The grant will allow Prairie Elementary, Worthington Middle School and Worthington High School to develop Safe Routes to School plans that increase safety and encourage more children to walk or bike to school.

The funds will be used at Prairie Elementary for painting crosswalks. At the middle and high schools, pedestrian crossing signs are planned on Clary Street, North Crailsheim Road, Marine Avenue, Church Avenue, Humiston Avenue and Nobles County 35.

During the Truth in Taxation public hearing, David Skog, director of management services, outlined where general fund dollars in the 2014-15 budget came from. According to Skog’s presentation, state aid accounted for 88.38 percent of funding. Federal aid attributed to 3.25 percent of funding, while a voter-approved levy supplied 6.15 percent of general fund dollars. The remaining 2.23 percent came from other sources.

WORTHINGTON — Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center will host a Storytime with Santa event Sunday. Two reading times — 1 and 3 p.m. — are scheduled, and the event will take place at the auditorium. Each story time will be followed by photo opportunities with Santa. The event is free and open to the public.

SPENCER, Iowa - Authorities are investigating the death of a 23-year-old Spencer woman. The Spencer Police Department says officers responded shortly after 8 p.m. Monday to 13 West 3rd Street apartment 4 in Spencer after the Communications Center received numerous calls about a man yelling for help at that address.

Upon arrival, Spencer police found an unresponsive woman. She was pronounced dead a short time later when paramedics arrived. The name of the woman hasn't been released by authorities.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting in the investigation. Spencer Police Chief Mark Warburton said more information will be released as it becomes available.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A public hearing on a proposal by New Fashion Pork to build a 4,400 head hog confinement barn in Superior Township near the Minnesota border drew a big crowd to Tuesday's Dickinson County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Joe Ulman of the Big Spirit Lake Protective Association was among those opposed to the proposed facility, citing health and environmental concerns, possible impact on tourism, and property values. Jay Moore of New Fashion Pork differed with comments made by some claiming the pork industry isn't being responsible.

Following further discussion, the supervisors voted four to one to recommend the DNR disapprove the facility application.

There was then discussion as to whether or not New Fashion Pork would be willing to meet with a working committee to try to work out some sort of compromise agreement that would address at least some of the concerns. The deadline for the county to make its recommendation to the state regarding a manure management plan on the proposed operation, along with the facility itself, is December 26th. A phone call made to DNR officials indicated the agency would be willing to grant a 30 day extension to that extension, in order to give the working committee a chance to meet, should New Fashion Pork be willing to go along with that process.

A public hearing on the manure management plan for the facility was continued, depending upon whether or not the working committee moves forward and is able to come up with some kind of agreement. The committee would consist of two supervisors along with three members of the general public.

MINNESOTA - Minnesotans who fought so hard to legalize medical marijuana in the state are starting to realize it might still be difficult for some to acquire the drug, once it becomes legal to purchase it on July 1 to treat certain serious, chronic or terminal illnesses.

For one thing, it could cost hundreds of dollars per month for patients who need the treatment, and they’ll have to foot the entire bill since insurance companies will not cover the costs, the Associated Press reports.

In addition, there are only eight dispensaries where the medicine will be available in the entire state, and four of them will be in the Twin Cities metro area. That means some patients will need to drive hundreds of miles to obtain the treatments, according to the Star Tribune.

The state’s two manufacturers of medical marijuana tell the Associated Press the costs could range from $100 to $500 per month, depending on the patient’s condition and the treatment they are prescribed.

Both companies – Minnesota Medical Solutions and LeafLine Labs – say they will do all they can to reduce the price for people with lower incomes.

One reason the costs are so high is that the marijuana cannot be smoked or sold in plant form. The companies need to use expensive equipment to convert the plants into pill or oil forms – the only kinds that are legal under the new state law, according to the AP.

As for the dispensaries, their numbers and locations were also the result of political wrangling over the new law. The number eight was a compromise between lawmakers and law enforcement agencies. The Senate was pushing a plan to allow dispensaries in dozens of locations around the state, but some House members wanted only two.

The Minnesota Department of Health recommended that one be located in each of the state’s congressional districts, the Star Tribune notes. But four of the districts are concentrated in the metro area. The dispensaries will be located in the following cities: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Eagan and Maple Grove in the metro area; as well as outstate cities of St. Cloud, Hibbing, Moorhead and Rochester.

Health officials acknowledge that some patients will likely have to drive long distances to buy the medicine. But they also say that the dispensary locations could be changed, or more could be added, in the future as the demand for the drug becomes clearer.

PIERRE, SD -- A Pierre teenager convicted of killing a classmate in 2012 has been sentenced. A second-degree murder charge brought 18-year-old Braiden McCahren 25 years in prison, with 15 years suspended. McCahren also received 10 years in prison for an aggravated assault charge. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

Jurors in adult court in September convicted McCahren in the December 2012 death of 16-year-old Dalton Williams in McCahren's home. McCahren was 16 at the time of the slaying but was tried as an adult.

Authorities said the shooting happened after an argument about a paintball incident. McCahren was convicted of aggravated assault for pointing a shotgun at another classmate and pulling the trigger. The gun didn't fire.

McCahren's attorney says he'll appeal the conviction to the South Dakota Supreme Court.

Free Bus Transport to MN Ag EXPO 2015

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. (Dec. 16, 2014) -- The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) are offering free bus transportation to and from MN Ag EXPO 2015, which will take place Jan. 28-29, 2015, at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. MN Ag EXPO is the premiere event for Minnesota corn and soybean farmers. It features a large trade show, informative and insightful speakers, top ag researchers, farm media and networking opportunities with other farmers and ag businesses.

Below is the complete MN Ag EXPO 2015 bus schedule by region of the state, along with information on how to reserve a spot on the bus. NOTE: A separate registration is required to attend MN Ag EXPO 2015. Complete registration details, along with hotel information and an agenda for the two-day event, can be found at www.mnagexpo.com. 

MN Ag EXPO 2015 Bus Schedule

 

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA
To reserve your spot on the bus to MN Ag EXPO 2015, contact Lyle Rollag at (605) 261-4031 or Cathy Riley at (507) 388-1635. Deadline for reservations is Jan. 9, 2015.

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

  • 8 a.m. – Depart from New Vision Coop in Worthington (1301 County Rd. 5)
  • 9:30 a.m. – Depart from Cargill Ag Horizons in Blue Earth (8334 430th Ave.)
  • 11 a.m. – Arrive at the Verizon Wireless Center for MN Ag EXPO 2015

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

  • 7:15 am. – Depart Verizon Wireless Center

SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA
To reserve your spot on the bus to MN Ag EXPO 2015, contact Dan Erickson at (507) 383-8389 or Doug Monson at (507) 388-1635. Deadline for reservations is Jan. 9, 2015.

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

  • 8 a.m. – Depart from All American Coop in Stewartville (113 4th St. SE)
  • 9 a.m. – Depart from Central Valley/Interstate Mills in Owatonna (3301 NW 21st Ave.)
  • 10:45 a.m. – Arrive at the Verizon Wireless Center for MN Ag EXPO 2015

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

  • 7:30 am. – Depart Verizon Wireless Center

WESTERN MINNESOTA
To reserve your spot on the bus to MN Ag EXPO 2015, contact Shawna Aakre or Cathy Riley at (507) 388-1635. Deadline for reservations is Jan. 9, 2015.

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

  • 8 a.m. – Depart from Farmers Co-op in Montevideo (4097 Hwy. 212 South)
  • 9 a.m. – Depart from Meadowland Farmers Coop in Redwood Falls (120 East Tin St.)
  • 10:45 a.m. – Arrive at the Verizon Wireless Center for MN Ag EXPO 2015

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

  • 7:45 am. – Depart Verizon Wireless Center

NORTHWEST MINNESOTA
To reserve your spot on the bus to MN Ag EXPO 2015, contact Marlene Dufault at (218) 253-2074. Deadline for reservations is Jan. 9, 2015.
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

  • 11:30 a.m. – Depart from the Wheat Growers in Red Lake Falls (10113 Wheat Dr. SE)
  • Noon – Depart Greg Leblanc Farm (19536 U.S. Highway )
  • 12:45 p.m. -- Depart West Central Ag Services in Ada (13 East Thorpe Ave.)
  • 1:50 p.m. – Depart Dairy Queen in Barnesville (104 Highway 34)
  • 2:30 p.m. – Depart Big Chief Truck Stop in Fergus Falls (22518 Big Chief Road)
  • 6:45 p.m. – Arrive at Verizon Wireless Center for MN Ag EXPO 2015

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

  • 7:30 a.m. – Depart Verizon Wireless Center 

7,500 turkeys lost in fire in Lorain Township

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WORTHINGTON – Approximately 7,500 5-week-old turkeys were killed during a fire that started overnight at the Meyer Turkey Farm at 2679 Town Avenue, according to Round Lake Fire Chief Mike Smith.

The Round Lake Fire Department was called out at 12:54 a.m. for a turkey barn fire in the early morning hours Tuesday in Lorain Township. When they arrived on the scene, they found the barn fully engulfed and flames shooting out the top, Smith said. They called out for mutual aid from the Worthington, Bigelow and Brewster Fire Department at 1:25 a.m. Smith thought there were approximately 50 firefighters at the scene.

Surprisingly, Smith said the weather was not much of a hindrance when it came to fighting the blaze, which he believes was caused by an electrical problem. The fire originated in a corner where the electricity was located, he said.

There was some snow on the roads, but things weren’t very slippery. Toward the end of the call-out, the firefighters were getting cold, Smith said. Fighting the fire took a long time just because the large building was fully engulfed and took some time to burn out, he added. No firefighters were injured during the process, and all of the departments had called into dispatch that they were back in their respective halls by around 7:30 a.m.

The farm is owned by Jeff Barber and Tim Meyer.

December 16 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Round Lake Fire Department was called out to a turkey barn fire at 12:54 a.m. Tuesday at 2679 Town Avenue. They called out for mutual aid from the Worthington and Brewster Fire Department at 1:25 a.m. As of 5 a.m., the firefighters were still on the scene. We’ll bring you more on that story as is becomes available.

ADRIAN – A Fulda woman received non-life threatening injuries Monday afternoon when her vehicle rolled down an embankment off of Interstate 90.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Stacy Grothe, age 32, of Fulda, was eastbound on I-90 near Adrian in a 2001 Ford Explorer at approximately 3:48 p.m. when she lost control of her vehicle on the slippery road. The truck rolled down the steep embankment, coming to rest on its tires. Grothe was transported to Sanford Worthington by the Adrian Ambulance. Her vehicle was totaled.

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Collete Guided Tours and Winora Hallstrom of Ride the Reading Line to offer a Shades of Ireland trip September 23rd through October 2nd, 2015.

For more information, attend an informational meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at the Center for Active Living. Receive information on the cost, lodging and the itinerary for the trip. Highlights of the trip include Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford Crystal, Cliffs of Mother, Blarney Castle, Galway, Limerick and more.

LUVERNE - Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne will host a live nativity from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of the church. Two camels and a donkey will join with a collection of other animals and a cast of actors to depict the manger scene honored by Christians as they celebrate the Christ child’s birth. Fire pit stations will be offering people a bit of warmth and hot chocolate will be served outside. People are also invited indoors for a spaghetti supper.

INWOOD, Iowa - On Saturday at approximately 6:15 p.m., the Lyon County Sheriff's Department investigated a hit and run accident at the intersection of A-42 and Coolidge Avenue two miles east of Inwood in Iowa.

Israel Camacho, age 28, of Inwood, was driving his 2004 GMC Sierra pickup northbound on Coolidge Avenue with a second unknown vehicle behind him. When Camacho came to a stop at the intersection of A-42, the second vehicle rear ended him, pushing his GMC into the intersection. Camacho traveled across A-42 and came to a stop. The second vehicle turned east onto A-42 and left the scene.

No injuries were reported. The GMC received approximately $1,800 in damages.
The second vehicle is believed to be a 1997 to 2003 dark colored or black extended cab Ford F-150 pickup with some front end damage. Anyone with information on the vehicle is asked to call the Lyon County Sheriff's Department.

SPENCER, Iowa - The execution of a search warrant Friday on a residence in Spencer resulted in the arrest of a teen on multiple drug charges. Spencer police say the search took place at 2204 West 11th Street apartment one. Authorities say they found what's alleged to be methamphetamine, LSD, prescription pills and a large amount of marijuana.

18-year-old Taylor Pohar was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, failure to affix a drug tax stamp, two counts of possession of a controlled substance hydrocodone, possession of a controlled substance amphetamine dextroamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pohar was booked into the Clay county jail on a $5,000 bond. The Spencer Police Department's K-9, Mennox, assisted in the case. Authorities say additional charges are pending

NATION - Congress may be poised to get rid of the law that has governed the nation’s schools the last 13 years.

U.S. Rep. John Kline, who chairs the House Education and Workforce Committee said Monday he thinks Congress will act quickly next year to get rid of the No Child Left Behind Law.

Kline, the Republican who represents Minnesota’s 2nd district, told the Pioneer Press there’s a “rising groundswell of support” enabling lawmakers to get rid of the law.

According to the newspaper, Kline has already held several meetings with the incoming chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) and the two agree revising the No Child Left Behind Law should be a top priority.

The law, which was approved in 2001, dictates how often students are tested and sets punishments for schools that are not showing enough improvement.

The Associated Press reports Kline envisions a law that would return more power to state and local school officials.

The House has passed a bill to replace the law on two different occasions, but those efforts died in the Democratic-controlled Senate. With control of the Senate switching to Republicans next month, Kline thinks they’ll be able to get it done.

According to the Pioneer Press, Senate Republicans will need some Democratic votes to pass the legislation in that chamber, so Kline thinks the two houses will work out a bipartisan compromise that President Barack Obama can sign.

December 15 news

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MADELIA — A 16-year-old boy from Butterfield was killed Saturday when he was ejected from a vehicle during a rollover that took place at 10:10 p.m. near mile marker 80 on Minnesota 60 in Watonwan County.

A 17-year-old male from Butterfield, as yet unnamed by the Minnesota State Patrol, was driving a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser westbound when the vehicle entered the center median and the vehicle rolled multiple times. Two people were ejected from the vehicle, which came to rest upside down.

The deceased passenger was identified as Ross Blomgren, 16, of Butterfield. The driver and two other passengers, Julia Hiebert, 16, and Rose Martinez, 17, both also of Butterfield, all sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Madelia Community Hospital. No information on their conditions was available.

The vehicle was a total loss. The investigation continues.

FULDA – The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of two people injured mid-day Friday in a crash just outside of Fulda. According to the report, two vehicles were traveling southbound on U.S. 59 when a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Rory Hoium, age 23, of Albert Lea, was rear-ended by a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Gerald Ossefoort, age 64, of Fulda. Both Ossefoort and Hoium received non-life threatening injuries.

The crash took place at 12:24 p.m. The Murray County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

LUVERNE — Take 16 Brewing Co.’s beer will be made available to the public this week. The locally brewed beer will be available to purchase during a special event scheduled from 4 p.m. until close Thursday at The Bluestem, located at 1202 S. Kniss Ave. in Luverne. All four Take 16 beers will be available on tap at the event. Additional promotional events are also planned this month, with dates and times to be announced.

SIBLEY, Iowa - The final informational meeting on the farm bill for northwest Iowa producers will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church.

The session will focus first on decisions to be made on base acres reallocation and yield updates by FSA farm number. That will be followed by explanations of the Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage Options.

USDA staff will be on hand to discuss program procedures, policies, rules and forms and will be available for questions and answers.

There is no registration fee but participants are asked to pre-register by calling the Osceola County Extension Office at (712) 754-3648.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Federal prosecutors are dropping an effort to seize nearly $33,000 from an Iowa restaurant owner's bank account. The IRS became suspicious of Carole Hinders because of a pattern of cash deposits of less than $10,000.

Hinders says the cash came from her Mexican restaurant, Mrs. Lady's, in Arnold's Park, Iowa, that doesn't accept credit cards. Hinders wasn't accused of a crime, but federal law makes it illegal to deposit less than $10,000 if it is part of an attempt to circumvent federal reporting requirements.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Cole said in a motion filed Saturday the case should be dropped to conserve judicial resources.

Cole says evidence showed that Hinders had skirted bank reporting rules, but he decided the case wasn't worth pursuing now.

OKOBOJI, Iowa - Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is bringing its series of Crop Advantage seminars to Okoboji next month. It's scheduled for January 7th at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, beginning with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the session itself running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chad Hart, extension economist at ISU, is among the keynote speakers in the morning, talking about the outlook for grain markets in 2015. Bob Hartzler, an Extension Weed Specialist, will also speak.

Workshop sessions in the afternoon include cover crops, corn stover harvest, the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and a discussion on fertilizer recommendations using precision ag technology. Others include soybean aphids, row spacing, plant populations for corn and soybeans, sudden death syndrome and farm bill decisions.

Advance registration is $50 which includes workshop materials, lunch and refreshments. Registration after January 1st goes to $60. You can pre-register and get more information by contacting the Dickinson County Extension Office at 336-3488.

The Okoboji Crop Advantage session is one 13 that will be held throughout the month of January at various locations around the region.

MINNESOTA - More Minnesota motorists are apparently getting the message about the problem of drinking and driving. Drunk driving arrests are on the decline Minnesota.
Figures from the Minnesota State Patrol show that 21 percent fewer people have been arrested so far this year for driving while intoxicated, compared to the same time in 2013.

Minnesota DWI arrests have gone down every year since 2006. In 2006 law enforcement officers arrested 41,951 drivers in Minnesota for DWI. The 2013 numbers statewide dropped to 25,719, which was the lowest in Minnesota history.

Despite the decline, law enforcement agencies note that a person is more likely to die in an alcohol-related crash during the holidays than at any other time of the year. Forty percent of traffic deaths during the holidays involve an impaired driver, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

In Minnesota, extra DWI enforcement patrols continue to run on weekends through the end of the year. Law enforcement officials arrested 578 Minnesota drivers over the past two weekends.

MSP releases names of two injured in Fulda crash

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FULDA – The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of two people injured mid-day Friday in a crash just outside of Fulda.

According to the report, two vehicles were traveling southbound on U.S. 59 when a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Rory Hoium, age 23, of Albert Lea, was rear-ended by a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Gerlad Ossefoort, age 64, of Fulda. Both Ossefoort and Hoium received non-life threatening injuries.

The crash took place at 12:24 p.m. The Murray County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.