PIPESTONE – The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of the Pipestone man killed in a crash at approximately 6:20 a.m. Friday as Maynard Wogen, age 66. According to the report, Wogen was eastbound on Minnesota 30 when a 2012 International semi truck driven by Bryan Brazeal, age 41, of Gordo, Alabama, ran a stop sign on Pipestone County Road 18 and struck Wogen’s 2001 Audi broadside.
The Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office, Pipestone Fire Department, Hardwick Fire Department and Pipestone Ambulance assisted at the scene.
WORTHINGTON — The West Area Labor Council/AFL-CIO and UFCW 1161 will be hosting an event from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nobles County Integration Collaborative location at Minnesota West Community and Technical College.
The objective of the workshop is to engage community members so they will understand why immigrants leave their countries, how migration is a common human experience and understand immigrants’ contribution to the economy. The goal is also to identify how employers benefit from the broken immigration system in the United States and consider solutions to fix the broken immigration system and also take action to align the immigration system with our values.
For questions or to RSVP, contact Dale Moerke at email@example.com.
MANKATO — Interstate 90 travelers are advised of construction ahead in southwest Minnesota as projects begin in May and reach into several counties for the majority of the construction season.
I-90 traffic will be carried two-way on two lanes; however construction staging will dictate ramp closures. Motorists are advised to check www.511mn.org before they travel for up-to-date ramp closures and corresponding detours.
This year the following I-90 projects will be under construction in southwest Minnesota:
From Round Lake to Sherburn, the westbound and eastbound lanes are getting a combination of concrete and asphalt overlay from May 26 through July 2016. This will result in the closure of U.S. 71 ramps at Jackson, with the 2015 dates to be announced. Additional ramifications of the work will be closure of the westbound and eastbound rest areas at Jackson, again with the 2015 dates TBA, the closure of Highway 4 ramps at Sherburn, and closure of the Minnesota 86 ramps at Lakefield (in 2016).
In a separate project from Adrian to Rushmore, the eastbound lanes are getting a concrete overlay. This will be taking place June 1 through October, weather permitting. Access to Adrian at Minnesota 91 will remain open in both directions. The eastbound ramp at Nobles County 13 will be closed, as will the eastbound rest area at Adrian.
SIBLEY, Iowa - Capital Armament Company will break ground at 11 a.m. today at the site of their future manufacturing facility in Sibley, at the building site located at the junction of Highways 9 and 60 just north of Northland Buildings and the Growing Edge facilities in the Osceola County Enterprise Park.
Capital Armament is a firearms and ammunition manufacturer and dealer founded by three friends and veterans. The company manufactures purpose-built ammunition, with a focus on the competition shooting market as well as law enforcement applications. Capital Armament also manufactures law enforcement firearms and sells a line of smokeless gun powders.
Completion of the office and manufacturing facility is scheduled for September of 2015. The company moved its business operations from Mendota Heights, Minnesota to Sibley, Iowa in January of 2015 and have begun production in a temporary facility.
Company officials say that this “state-of-the-art” facility will allow the company to expand its manufacturing capabilities, improve efficiency, and begin the process of hiring additional employees to meet the growing demand for their products. Company officials say they are excited to be located and growing in Osceola County and look forward to playing an active role in the community for many years to come.
MINNESOTA - The National Guard is being deployed to help Minnesota turkey farmers deal with the avian flu outbreak. Public safety officials announced Sunday that 30 soldiers from units based in Willmar and Brooklyn Park will be deployed Monday through Wednesday of this week.
Using military water trucks, the soldiers will deliver water that’s needed to euthanize birds at the farms where the virus has been detected, according to the announcement. Large amounts of water are needed in foaming systems being used as part of euthanasia efforts.
The Guard deployment is one step the state is taking to help farmers who say they’ve been facing delays in dealing with infected birds. They’ve said there isn’t enough equipment in the state to euthanize them.
The deadly avian flu outbreak has affected at least 46 farms in 16 counties since the virus was confirmed in Minnesota in March, and it’s not expected to slow down since officials don’t know yet where it came from or how it’s spreading from farm to farm.
As the outbreak continues to affect more and more Minnesota farms, officials note this problem could last for the next few years.
Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Al Franken and other lawmakers toured some turkey farms Saturday and spoke with emergency responders and poultry producers about the impact the outbreak is having on their operations.
Dr. Phil Hartmann, state veterinarian, said Minnesota is seeing three to four new farms affected by the virus each day.
A team of epidemiologists continues to work to find ways to prevent the disease from spreading. Currently, officials believe migrating waterfowl are carriers of the virus and officials are urging increased bio-security, among other methods to contain the outbreak.
There is also concern the flu will return in the fall during the fall migration of waterfowl.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has named four semifinalists who are under consideration to be president of North Hennepin Community College. Among the candidates are Matt Entenza, a Worthington High School graduate, and Barbara McDonald, currently the interim president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.
The MnSCU Board of Trustees is expected to consider Chancellor Steven Rosenstone’s recommendation at its May 20 meeting.