WORTHINGTON – All across the nation, neighbors and law enforcement will join together on August 4 and get to know each other a little better during Night to Unite, an evening designated to heightening awareness of crime and drug prevention efforts and strengthening police and community partnerships.
From 5 to 7 p.m. on that Tuesday evening at Pioneer Village, the Worthington Police Department will host a local Night to Unite event that is free and open to the public. There will be food, a bouncy house, face painting by the Southwest Crisis Center, lots of door prizes, free children’s ID kits and reflectors and entertainment by DJ Barry Roberts. The Worthington/Nobles Emergency Response Unit will be on display, as will a Sanford Ambulance and trucks from the Worthington Fire Department. The Southwest Crisis Center will also have a display.
Night to Unite is observed annually on the first Tuesday in August and provides citizens and public safety personnel the opportunity to join together and give crime, drugs and violence a going-away party.
Nite to Unite is sponsored by the Minnesota Crime Prevention Association, Nobles County Cattlemen, HyVee, Walmart, Fareway Foods, DJ Barry Roberts, Radio Works, the Daily Globe and the Worthington Police Department.
MANKATO – The detour on Highway 60 from Mountain Lake to Butterfield will be removed Friday, July 31, weather permitting. Traffic will return to the existing two-lane Highway 60 until the project is complete in October.
The two-month detour was necessary to build the connections on both ends of the project.
The project includes grading, paving, concrete repair and lighting of two additional lanes to expand Highway 60 to a four-lane facility. The contractor expects to be paving the new lanes in September.
This is the second of three projects planned to complete the expansion of Highway 60 to a four-lane facility. The section from Mountain Lake to Windom is planned to begin in 2017. For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org .
ADRIAN - A Nobles County beef cattle producer is proposing to build a new feedlot near an existing feedlot southeast of Adrian in Olney Township. R&R Thier Feedlots Inc. is aiming to build two new total confinement barns, each with a capacity of 3,000 steers.
As required by state rules, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) prepared an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) on the proposed new feedlot; the most recent expansion at the existing feedlot. The public may submit written comments on the R&R Thier Feedlots Inc. EAW until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 19.
New confinement barns at the proposed feedlot will be located about one-half mile west of the barns at the existing feedlot. After construction of the proposed feedlot, the total capacity including both feedlots will be 10,989 animal units, composed of 8,805 slaughter steers and 3,120 feeders.
Manure would be stored in reinforced concrete storage pits constructed below each of the new barns. At the existing farm, manure is stored in an under-barn storage pit and above-ground storage tank. The new farm also will include two engineered ponds to collect stormwater runoff.
The worksheet for this project is available by searching for “Environmental Assessment Worksheet” on the MPCA website or by calling Beth Tegdesch at (651) 757-2100. Written comments should go to Nancy Drach at email@example.com, or mailed to her at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 520 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul 55155-4194.
The draft NPDES/SDS permit is posted at www.pca.state.mn.us/yrwc6a9. Comments on the NPDES/SDS permit can be sent to George Schwint, firstname.lastname@example.org, (320) 894-5866, or mailed to him at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 1601 E. Hwy. 12, Willmar 56201.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — Thousands of people in northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota were without power for a time early on Thursday.
Troy Metzger, dispatcher with L & O Power Coop in Rock Rapids says the outage affected eastern Lyon County in Iowa and southern Rock County in Minnesota.
According to Metzger, the outage happened due to an equipment failure at a sub station near Lake Pahoja about four miles northeast of Inwood. He says that sub station and the lines running to it are owned by Basin Electric Power Coop. But the substation is the point of demarcation between Basin and L & O and the lines running away from it are L & O’s. He says L & O buys power from Basin Electric.
Metzger says the systems affected were Rock Rapids Municipal Utilities, Luverne Municipal Electric, Lyon Rural Electric Coop and Sioux Valley Energy.
He says the outage included the entire cities of Rock Rapids, Iowa and Luverne, Minnesota.
Metzger says the outage started shortly before 1 a.m. and only lasted about 20 minutes or so before power was rerouted.
L & O is a power coop that serves rural and municipal electric systems in Rock County, Minnesota, and Lyon and Osceola Counties in Iowa.
IOWA - Northwest Iowa residents are being told to be on the lookout for some possible asphalt paving scams that typically go on this time of year. Authorities say traveling crews offer low prices to repair or pave residential or business driveways. The crews typically state that they just completed a job in the area and have left-over material. Officials say that material is often of low quality, and that usually patchy, small amounts of it is applied.
Officials say there are several warning signs to be on the lookout for, including companies that don't offer contracts, contractors who push you to make a quick decision, and unmarked trucks
The best way to avoid becoming a scam victim is to ask for references and check on them; get a written estimate and tell the contractor you'll get back to them; and more importantly, to know who you're doing business with. They say it's best to stick with a contractor who has ties to the local community.
PLYMOUTH - Police say an officer fatally shot a man inside an Arby's restaurant in Plymouth after an altercation.
Plymouth Police Chief Michael Goldstein tells TV station KSTP that officers responded to the Arby's around 8:20 p.m. Thursday after a report of a disturbance inside.
Goldstein says a responding officer "engaged" with a man who was "causing some problems. He says the encounter lead to a "confrontation," and the officer fatally shot the man.
No further details about the nature of the disturbance or the encounter with the officer were immediately available. A representative for the police department couldn't immediately be reached.
It wasn't clear whether the victim had been armed. The TV station reports police were questioning customers and employees as witnesses. Arby's didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
MANKATO - Just how long will that 36-foot-tall “Happy Chef” statue go on grinning?
It’s hard to say, as the owner of the very first and now last-standing Happy Chef restaurant has put it up for sale.
The Mankato eatery opened in 1963 and became one of as many as 80 locations sprinkled across the Midwest.
81-year-old owner Tom Frederick Sr. – one of three brothers who founded the restaurant more than half a century ago – said he’s selling it for $1.2 million to beat the onslaught of road construction he fears will scare customers off when it begins on Highway 169 next summer.
However, the restaurateur said he doesn’t think Happy Chef will close any time soon, though he’s still not sure what will become of the smiling, spoon-brandishing chef out front.