WORTHINGTON – There will be an open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. tonight at BenLee’s so the public can meet the three final candidates for the position of the Worthington Public Safety Director/Police Chief.
Those three candidates, are the current interim chief Kevin Flynn, Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Commander Troy Appel and Paul Ver Meer, who is currently the Chief of Police in the city of Creston, Iowa.
The Civil Service Commission is scheduled to begin interviews with the three candidates on Friday and hopes to have a final decision made by the end of the month, if not sooner.
WORTHINGTON — A fall festival and open house will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Buffalo Ridge Apartments, 2107 Nobles St.
Free apple cider, coffee and fresh apple slices from Ocheda Orchard will be available. Experienced housing staff will be on hand to answer questions and give apartment tours. Buffalo Ridge Apartments is an apartment community for seniors ages 62 and older. Rent is based on 30 percent of gross adjusted monthly income, with rental assistance coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
For additional information about the apartments or the open house, call 376-6613 or 1-800-466-7722.
WORTHINGTON — A free car seat checkup will be hosted from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 at Marthaler Chevrolet, 1660 Humiston Ave.
Three out of four child restraints are used improperly. This clinic is conducted by nationally certified child passenger safety technicians. Assisting Marthaler in sponsoring the event are the Helping Hands Pregnancy Center, Nobles County Public Health, the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Des Moines Valley Health & Human Services and Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
To make an appointment for a free car seat checkup, call the Helping Hands Pregnancy Center at 372-2111.
TRACY – There have been recent reports across the area of a phone scam. The latest entity to warn of the scam is the Tracy Police Department, who placed a message regarding the scam Wednesday on their Facebook page. Comments on the message indicate several people received a call overnight, but did not answer.
Calls seem to come primarily from the number 801-396-8280. Authorities recommend you do not answer. The message from the Tracy Police Department states if you do answer, the caller will state your credit card has been locked due to unauthorized access, and you should press 1 on your phone to begin the unlocking process.
The police recommend you not do so, and instead hang up the phone.
PIPESTONE - Xcel Energy has scheduled a planned power outage due to substation upgrades on Saturday from 6 – 9 a.m. for customers in Pipestone County, including select customers in the city of Pipestone, and the majority of customers in Woodstock, Holland and Ruthton.
Within the city of Pipestone, the outage will apply to customers in the Skyway Industrial Park, and the New Horizon grain elevator. No other customers on the city’s southeast or northwest sides will be impacted.
In the other Pipestone County communities the outage will apply to a majority of the Xcel customers.
Xcel has contacted all customers who will lose power for the two-hour time frame, according to an Xcel Energy spokesperson.
Xcel has recommended that customers turn off their computers and to remember to later reset alarm systems or other equipment sensitive to a power outage. All equipment that operates only by electrical power will not work during the outage, including items people may not remember, such as sump pumps and garage door openers.
WINDOM - Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services is pleased to announce that it has received a $50,000 UCare Community Grant to make healthy living readily available to more people.
The UCare grant will support the work of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (or SHIP) in Jackson, Cottonwood and Nobles Counties. This grant will allow SHIP to partner with communities to create active living plans to improve walking and bicycling, support promotional activities related to active living, assist healthcare organizations in addressing obesity and tobacco use among patients and to work with schools to increase physical activity and nutrition for students and employees.
Many schools in Jackson, Cottonwood and Nobles Counties have partnered with SHIP over the last five years to improve school nutrition and school activity including the Farm2School program, salad bars, school gardens, healthy snacks and vending.
For additional information, you can contact Diane Marsden, SHIP Coordinator for Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services at 507-831-1987.
MAURICE, Iowa — State environmental officials say a weekend fish kill in northwest Iowa is continuing to wipe out more fish as the pollution moves downstream. Kevin Baskins, spokesman for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says they’re still investigating the cause — and impact — of a manure spill that killed fish in Orange City Slough Creek in Sioux County.
The spill happened Saturday night at the Brian Roorda Dairy, near Maurice. Baskins says it’s encouraging that the dairy reported the incident on its own and took action to stop further contamination of the creek, but he says these types of accidents can be prevented.
The investigation is still underway, but Baskins says the dairy may be ordered to pay compensation for the damage caused to the stream.
In the news release issued Sunday, the DNR said the fish kill appears to have happened after a wrong switch was pulled that turned on a pump which moves manure from one lagoon to another. That caused a second lagoon to overflow. Manure from the lagoon ran down a grassed waterway into the creek.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is the latest state to detect a case of a respiratory illness caused by the virus known as enterovirus 68.
State health officials announced Wednesday that a case had been confirmed in a child who was hospitalized with acute symptoms. The child has since been released and is recovering at home, the agency said.
The Health Department said the lab results Tuesday night confirmed suspicions that enterovirus is circulating in Minnesota. Some hospitals have reported an increase in children being brought in for respiratory problems.
At least 12 other states have confirmed cases of the virus, many in the Midwest. It can cause mild to severe illness, and may even require breathing help for patients with the worst cases. But no deaths have been reported.
MINNESOTA - Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of three metro areas in the U.S. where a new Justice Department initiative will try to stem recruitment of Americans by overseas terrorist groups.
Andy Luger, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, confirmed to the Associated Press Tuesday that the Twin Cities are among the sites chosen for the pilot program.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder unveiled the program on Monday. Holder says it will bring social and mental health workers together with religious leaders and law enforcement in hopes of detecting Americans prone to recruitment by radical groups.
Authorities say a handful of Minnesotans have been convinced to join militant groups fighting in Syria. The U.S. has confirmed that one former Twin Cities man, Douglas McCain, was killed on a Syrian battlefield last month while fighting with the group Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.
Luger declined to tell the AP which other American cities are part of the pilot project. He says ending the recruitment requires building trust within groups such as Minnesota’s large Somali community. Those efforts are already underway and Luger says they’ll get a boost from the new federal initiative.