LUVERNE – With a meter building on the Minnesota – Iowa border reaching substantial completion Thursday morning, the Rock County Rural Water District (RCRWD) began receiving water from the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System (L&C), becoming the twelfth member connected to Lewis & Clark. Eight members remain.
Rock County Rural Water District, which is overseen by the Rock County Commission, has reserved 300,000 gallons a day. However, it will only access half its capacity at this connection, with the other half at their future second connection at Magnolia.
In addition to Luverne, which is anticipated to be connected this coming December, the other non-connected members include Lincoln Pipestone RWS and Worthington in Minnesota; Hull, Sheldon, Sibley and Sioux Center in Iowa and Madison, South Dakota.
The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System’s Board of Directors on Thursday awarded a $1 million contract to Robert L Carr Construction of Marshall to construct meter buildings at Luverne and Magnolia. This December is the substantial completion deadline, at which time Luverne will begin receiving Lewis & Clark water.
The Magnolia meter building will eventually provide connections for the Rock County Rural Water District and the Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System, however, the contract for construction of the pipeline between Luverne and Magnolia will not be awarded until this fall.
WORTHINGTON – There will be an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for Active Living for families that are interested in partnering with Southwest Minnesota Habitat for Humanity on a house build in Nobles County scheduled for the spring/summer of 2017. At this meeting they will be given all the criteria information needed to partner with Habitat for Humanity. After the presentation, they can receive an application and schedule a time to meet with a Habitat representative for the completion of the application.
This meeting should also be attended by anyone wishing to learn more about our Homeowners’ Repair program.
Please call 507-215-2091 if you plan to attend this meeting. The Center for Active Living is located at 211 11th Street in downtown Worthington.
SLAYTON - The City of Slayton will be implementing the fourth year of its mosquito population reduction efforts this summer. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of nuisance mosquitoes. Along with being a nuisance, some mosquitoes can be the transmitter of several serious diseases.
The focus of the program will be to minimize active adult mosquitoes. As the truck moves about Slayton neighborhoods using the ultra-low volume sprayer mounted in the back, a light visible fog will move through the area. The fog will not cause visibility problems. Common-sense precautions should be taken, including keeping away from the spray vehicle and out of the fog cloud. The majority of the spraying will be done from dusk to midnight.
Treatments are proposed for Tuesday nights, if weather permits. Wednesday nights will be the standard alternate.
The spraying schedule will be posted at city hall, and also on the city’s website at www.slayton.govoffice.com. Available at city hall are forms that citizens can complete indicating that they are refusing mosquito control around their property upon completion and return of the refusal form, the City will not spray directly in front of the listed property for a total of 300 feet, which is the effective range of the product the city is using.
SHELDON, Iowa — Nearly seven hundred electric users were without power for a time on Thursday. David Caris, VP for Corporate Communications for MidAmerican Energy Company said the outage happened when a tree crew was out cutting trees and a limb fell on a line in the 600 block of Fourth Avenue in Sheldon, about 12:55 p.m. The outage stretched north to 2917 McKinley Avenue, south to 1115 Fourth Avenue, east to 118 North Seventh Avenue, and west to 4530 300th Street.
Caris says the outage lasted for 31 minutes, until 1:26 p.m.
MINNESOTA - Minnesotans age 16 or older don’t need a fishing license to take a child age 15 or younger fishing on Friday, June 5, to Sunday, June 7, during Take a Kid Fishing Weekend.
For those new to fishing, the DNR’s Fish Minnesota Web page at www.mndnr.gov/fishmn answers basic fishing questions and explains fishing terminology. The site also includes links to a beginner’s guide to fishing, fishing regulations and information on where to fish.
Fishing classes from the DNR’s I Can Fish! program run throughout the summer at state parks. And even when it’s not Take a Kid Fishing Weekend, Minnesota residents generally can fish in state parks without a fishing license if the body of water doesn’t require a trout stamp.
For links to state park fishing information, the beginner’s guide to fishing and more, see the DNR’s Take a Kid Fishing page at www.mndnr.gov/takeakidfishing.