WORTHINGTON - The City of Worthington is currently in the process of developing an Active Living Plan to help make the city more pedestrian friendly. The first public meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. March 19 at the Worthington Fire Hall, 830 2nd Ave, Worthington. During this meeting, local issues and concerns regarding walking and biking will be discussed. This information will be summarized and will help create potential goals that will be discussed at the second public meeting. Public participation is a critical component of the plan. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can still provide feedback by going to the wikimapping link at wikimapping.com/wikimap/Worthington-SRTS-Plan.html
SLAYTON - The Friends of the Casey Jones Trail Association is launching its annual membership drive. The Friends of the Casey Jones Trail Association is a non-profit corporation, formed to advocate for the continued development of the multi-seasonal, multi-use Casey Jones State Trail.
The trail runs from Rock County through Pipestone and Murray Counties to Redwood County. The designated corridor is from Schoneman Park north to Luverne, continuing to Blue Mounds State Park and Split Rock Creek State Park. The trail will continue toward Pipestone, east to Slayton and then onward to Lake Shetek State Park and Walnut Grove. From there the trail will head northeast to Redwood Falls to join the Minnesota River State Trail. The association’s goal is to have a multi-seasonal, multiuse trail to run diagonally from the southwest corner of Minnesota to the Minnesota River - trail of over 100 miles.
The first priority is to connect existing trail sections, including six miles of paved trail from downtown Luverne into Blue Mounds State Park; 13 miles of trail between the city of the Pipestone and the Pipestone/ Murray County line; a naturally-surfaced segment from one and a half miles west of Lake Wilson into the city of Lake Wilson; and a six mile, paved loop between Lake Shetek State Park and the city of Currie. Where efforts in 2015 are concentrated will depend upon what funding is available, which landowners are interested in working with the association, and where member and community interest is greatest. Contact Amy Rucker at 507-836-6023 for additional information.
SHELDON, Iowa — A Sheldon optometrist accused of assault has entered a plea of not guilty, according to court records.
Dr. Allen Jones, age 68, is charged with Aggravated Assault, a Serious Misdemeanor, in connection with an incident police say happened at a Sheldon business in December. According to authorities, a no-contact order was issued against Jones in connection with the incident. Court records indicate that O’Brien County Attorney Micah Schreurs has requested a special prosecutor in the case.
Jones’ written plea was taken at an arraignment on Thursday, February 26th. A pre-trial conference is set for April 13, with a trial scheduled to start on April 28.
MINNESOTA - Calling Minnesota's payment rates for pediatric dental care the lowest in the nation, a coalition of dental groups Thursday urged lawmakers to raise rates to the average among states.
The Help Minnesota Smile campaign estimates that legislation to increase the reimbursement in Medical Assistance, the state's Medicaid program, would cost up to $100 million over the next two-year budget cycle.
Many Minnesota dentists can't afford to treat low-income patients under current state insurance, said Peter Cannon, president-elect of the Minnesota Dental Association.
A recent study by the American Dental Association found the average Medicaid payment for pediatric dental care in the U.S. is about $49 for every $100 cost.
Cannon said the reimbursement is $27 in Minnesota.
IOWA - 73,000 Iowans may have been affected by the recent data breach at health insurer Anthem Inc.
Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said Thursday that 172,727 policyholders in Iowa may have had their personal information compromised. The cyberattack into a database of more than 80 million people was discovered earlier this month. The health insurance provider says hackers gained access to names, birthdates, email addresses, Social Security numbers and other information of people who are currently covered or previously had coverage.
Gerhart says Anthem will contact each person affected by the breach and inform them of available identity theft services and other protections. He says the Iowa Insurance Division continues to work with Anthem to monitor the situation.
IOWA — A man from Arkansas has been sentenced in Sioux County District Court to a ten-year prison term for delivery of methamphetamine.
Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says that 30-year-old James Kent Skoglund of Saint Joe, Arkansas, has been sentenced in Sioux County District Court for the crime of Delivery of Methamphetamine.
Kunstle’s office says that on November 8, 2014, an undercover officer made arrangements, through a confidential informant, to purchase an “8 ball” of methamphetamine from Skoglund for $325. Through the informant, they say Skoglund sold methamphetamine to the undercover officer in an apartment in Rock Valley. After the transaction, uniformed officers searched the apartment where the transaction took place finding methamphetamine, a scale, a pipe, and a butane lighter, all located near Skoglund.
He was sentenced to an indeterminate ten-year prison term, in addition to charges, surcharges, fees, costs, and other penalties.