WORTHINGTON – We may be experiencing beautiful weather, but fall is seriously upon us. One strong sign is the last construction updates of the season from the City of Worthington Engineering Department, which states dormant turf restoration remains at various project locations throughout the city. Dormant seeding is temperature dependent and will take place later this fall.
WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council met in emergency session Thursday to discuss whether to hire a firm to assist in the search for a new administrator or to look on their own. Council member Diane Graber said her main concern is that the new administrator fit well into the community.
After some discussion, a motion was made and approved to make a request for proposals to hire a firm.
In 2008, the city paid $17,700 to a firm to find candidates, which resulted in the hiring of Craig Clark as city administrator. The council is estimating this search will cost around $20,000. Once a firm is hired, Mayor Alan Oberloh said they would assist in determining what salary range would need to be offered.
The council members all agreed it will be necessary to hire an interim administrator, and will go into closed session after Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting to discuss some names. Oberloh said he has already been approached by one person interested in the interim position. Council member Ron Wood said he would like them to work internally as much as possible to find an interim administrator. Several council members seemed to have names in mind.
In the meantime, the position profile for the city administrator position needs to be updated, as it is out of date. The city will request the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce’s assistance in updated the area of the profile that addresses the business and amenities of the area.
JACKSON – The Jackson City Council gave themselves a raise this week. The council approved adjusting the pay rates for the Mayor and Council members for the year 2015. The mayors pay will increase from $4,290 to $5,300 per year and council pay will increase from $3,240 to $4,200 per year. A per diem of $50 for half day and $100 for full day seminars or meeting was also approved.
JACKSON - The Jackson Women of Today will be sponsoring the first ever Monster Dash on Saturday, October 25th. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at Riverside Elementary, with the Dash starting at 9:30 a.m.
The Monster Dash will follow city trails along Springfield parkway, with the course being just over 3 miles total. There is a $10 registration fee for individuals with a $30 cap for families. All proceeds will go to the PTO's at Riverside and Pleasantview Elementary Schools.
Everyone participating is encouraged to wear a costume, and a costume contest will be held.
WINDOM - Reinbows in Windom will be hosting their 7th Annual Trick-or-Treating and Horses in Costume on Friday, October 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. The Reinbows’ horses can’t wait to show off their costumes! There is no cost to attend this always-popular event, but we ask that you consider bringing a canned food item to be donated to the Windom Area Sharing Center.
If you have any questions, or for more information, call Damon at 507-822-0526 or visit their website at reinbowsinc.org.
ESTHERVILLE, Iowa - An Estherville teen faces charges for allegedly stealing a 9 mm handgun and carrying it on the campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.
Estherville police say officers were called to the college around 6:00 p.m. after getting a report of a male on campus with a gun in his waistband.
While investigating the incident, police were notified of a missing 9 millimeter handgun from a residence at 1308 3rd Avenue South in Estherville. The department's K-9 was deployed and located the missing handgun in the 300 block of South 13th Street, where a 17-year-old male suspect was taken into custody. He was transported to the Emmet County Sheriff's Office on charges of carrying weapons, theft in the 4th degree and disorderly conduct.
The teen was transported to the Youth Emergency Services Center in Cherokee.
SIOUX FALLS, SD – A South Dakotas woman convicted of not paying taxes on her Arnold’s Park business has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison. Veronica Fairchild, who owns Boji Nites, was found guilty in June of four counts of tax fraud. The 42-year-old Fairchild was also ordered Wednesday to pay almost $215,000 in back taxes. She was convicted of not paying taxes on more than $600,000 earned from exotic dances over four years.
Prosecutors say Fairchild filed late tax returns in 2010 from 2005 to 2008 and claimed the unreported income from private shows as an exotic dancer was a gift.
On Wednesday, Fairchild and her family pleaded for a probation sentence. Fairchild has three children, including an infant daughter. She said that she lost her husband last year and didn't want to leave her children without a parent.
MINNESOTA - Election Day is less than two weeks away, but many Minnesotans have already cast their vote through the state’s new no-excuse absentee voting.
As of Tuesday, 135,051 absentee ballots were distributed to voters for the Nov. 4 election – 55,488 have been returned and accepted by election officials, according to a secretary of state news release.
The hope with the no-excuse absentee ballot is higher voter turnout. So far, election officials have seen a 55 percent increase over past midterm elections. Of the total absentee ballots distributed, more than 27,755 were requested through the Secretary of State’s website.
Although Minnesota has expanded its absentee voting eligibility, DFL Secretary of state candidate Steve Simon said Wednesday that Minnesota should join the 33 states that allow early voting, which would allow ballots to be processed before Election Day. That would ease congestion at the polls and be a cost-saver for election officials.
Currently, absentee ballots are counted after the polls close on Election Day.
Republican candidate for Secretary of State Dan Severson also agrees with early voting, as long as there’s a system in place to verify the voters.
The Secretary of State seat is open because Democrat Mark Ritchie is retiring. Secretary of State is just one seat being decided Nov. 4. Minnesotans will also decide the governor, a U.S. Senate seat, Minnesota’s eight U.S. House seats, attorney general, state auditor, all Minnesota State House seats, as well as many local offices.