WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors will host its annual membership meeting Thursday at the Worthington Event Center.
The meeting’s featured presenter is Brian Pellowski, president of PBK Investments, a Minnetonka-based development company. Pellowski is expected to share his plans for commercial and retail investments in Worthington, including his proposed redevelopment of the Northland Mall site.
The annual meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. with social hour, followed by dinner and the presentation program. For more information, contact the WREDC at 372-5515.
WORTHINGTON — Wind development has grown into a significant industry for the Nobles and Jackson County area. Revenue from the Wind Energy Production Tax this year was already 10 times higher than it was a decade earlier. Over that same period, more than $27.9 million has been paid to counties, townships and schools in the Nobles County and Jackson County area, including $8.9 million to those units in Nobles and Jackson counties alone.
New wind development has brought significant revenue into area communities, helped create new jobs and, increasingly, put downward pressure on energy prices.
This year is likely to include several key milestones for the Wind Energy Production Tax. Not only will total payments to local units eclipse $50 million, but payments in 2015 alone will exceed $10 million for the first time.
LAKEFIELD - New Jackson County 4-H families or those interested in learning about 4-H are encouraged to attend a new member orientation on February 7th. The event will be from 10:30am to noon at the Lakefield Multi-Purpose Building.
This informal meeting for both youth and parents include information on project ideas, 4-H, county fairs, and much more. Youth activities will be led by Ambassadors while an informational meeting is being held for adults.
Please RSVP to the Jackson County Extension Office at 507-662-5293 by February 6th.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A physical altercation with a woman has resulted in charges against a Spirit Lake man. 38-year-old Jeremy Wohlert is charged with domestic assault with the display or use of a weapon, child endangerment causing bodily injury, false imprisonment, obstruction of emergency communications and 5th degree criminal mischief.
A criminal complaint says Wohlert allegedly had two kitchen knives in each of his hands and told the woman to come over. He then allegedly slit his throat. Wohlert is also accused of striking a child in the face during an argument.
Wohlert was booked into the Dickinson County Jail on an $8,000 cash or surety bond.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A Spirit Lake man is accused in court documents of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. 18-year-old Corey Shanley faces three charges of of 3rd degree sexual abuse. Shanley is accused of having sexual relations with the girl three different times between December 5th of last year and January 6th. The charges are class "C" felonies.
Larchwood, Iowa — The Grand Falls Casino agreed to a $20,000 fine on Thursday for an illegal gambling violation at the facility near Larchwood.
According to Iowa Racing and Gaming administrator Brian Ohorilko, a minor entered the gaming floor unchallenged on December 14, was on the gaming floor for 30 minutes and had gambled.
Casino General Manager Sharon Hasselhoff apologized to the Racing and Gaming Commission, stating they take the situation and their jobs very seriously, and they did not ID this guest as they should have, adding there is no excuse. She said they have taken steps to ensure it does not happen again, using the opportunity to do a significant amount of retraining of employees.
Ohorilko says the $20,000 penalty is standard for underage gambling violations. He says Grand Falls has a very good record and has not had any other recent violations.
BOYDEN, Iowa — Authorities are now saying the fire on Friday and the explosion on Monday at the same location near Boyden were unrelated. Both happened at 3768 360th Street, seven miles southwest of Boyden.
Boyden Fire Chief Galen Blankers says that the fire that was reported on Friday, January 16, in the 7 p.m. hour, started in the center of the section that was destroyed and was caused by an undetermined ignition source. This fire has been ruled accidental and remains under investigation.
Meanwhile, the explosion and fire that was reported on Monday, January 19, in the 2 p.m. hour was determined to be a methane explosion with an undetermined ignition source. That explosion and fire were also found to be accidental and the incident remains under investigation.