WORTHINGTON – With the general election just days away, Mike McFadden, the Republican candidate in Minnesota for U.S. Senate, will be at the Perkins at 1445 Darling Drive in Worthington today from 2:45 to 3:15 to meet the public. He is running against incumbent DFLer Al Franken.
MINNESOTA - There's no need to hit the snooze button on Nov. 2, because the end of daylight saving time will give you that extra hour of sleep you've been craving. Clocks will fall back to standard time Sunday at 2 a.m. And just a reminder, this is also the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors as recommended by pretty much every fire department out there.
WORTHINGTON – There will be a community impact night at the Worthington Pizza Ranch from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. Pizza Ranch will be donating a portion of their sales and Thrivent Financial will supplement funds to benefit the family of Jose Rivera.
Jose is the single parent of two girls, ages 6 and 8. They recently lost their home and all of their possessions in a house fire. Three years ago, Jose lost both his wife and his mother in a car crash.
Any tips collected Monday night will go directly to the family.
A benefit fund has been set up on behalf of the family at the Fulda Area Credit Union 1127 Ryans Road, Worthington, MN 56187. Questions can be directed to 372-5959.
SLAYTON - Murray County Central Activities will hold its Winter Sports Eligibility Meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the MCC High School Gymnasium. All grade 7-12 students planning on participating in boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling, or cheerleading during the winter season and a parent/guardian are required by the Minnesota State High School League to attend this meeting. Coaches will meet with student-athletes and parents after a general meeting. Practice and game/meet schedules will be distributed.
PIPESTONE – Anyone looking for a screaming good time tonight can find it one at the Jaycee Haunted House in Pipestone. The haunted house is located in the 4-H building on the Pipestone County Fairgrounds. Though the Haunted House is designed to be a scary good way to celebrate Halloween, it also serves as a fundraiser for the Pipestone County Food Shelf. Guests who bring a non-perishable item with them receive a dollar off their admission price. In this way, the Jaycees raise 150-250 pounds of food from the event annually.
No age restriction is imposed, attendees of all ages have enjoyed the Haunted House in the past. The cost for the Jaycee Haunted House is $4 per person, or $3 if an attendee brings a non-perishable food item for the Pipestone County Food Shelf. Hours are from 8 - 11 p.m. tonight and 7 - 11 p.m. Saturday.
WAHPETON, Iowa - A lakes area couple has paid for repairs to the Boy Scout Chapel on the Gull Point State Park walking trail that was vandalized about a month or so ago.
Willia and Duane Mueske of Spirit Lake paid the entire cost of replacing windows that had been broken out of the structure - to the tune of a little more than $1,500.
Tim Richey manages the Gull Point State Park complex for the DNR. He says they're very grateful to the Mueskes for their generosity.
ARNOLD’S PARK, Iowa - Officials with the city of Arnolds Park say they're concerned over the growing number of feral cats in the city. City Administrator Ron Walker says most of the concern is over public health and safety. Many times, if people are feeding cats, they are also feeding raccoons and skunks, Walker said, so those animals are thriving as well.
The city council will take up the issue at its next meeting November 12th. The Humane Society of Northwest Iowa will be on the Agenda and will be looking into initiating a spay and neutering program for the colonies of cats once or twice a year, Walker said. They will also look at some level of control on feeding the wild animals.
Walker says the issue has become so sensitive that it's caused some divisiveness among neighbors.
The November 12th meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at the Arnold's Park City Hall.
LAKE PARK, Iowa - The city of Lake Park has received special recognition for a project that utilized some goats to clean up the shoreline of Silver Lake.
The city has won an award for the project in the Environmental Planning category through the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association. The award was announced during the association's annual awards luncheon recently in Mason City.
The goats cleared an area of lakeshore near a city park that had become overgrown. Prairie grass has since been planted in the area to stabilize the bank and improve the view of the lake in that area.
MINNESOTA - Backers of an effort to bring a World’s Fair to Minnesota hope to check “Find a Location” off their to-do list by the end of next year.
Mark Ritchie told a meeting of commercial real estate professionals this week that several sites in the Twin Cities area could host Expo 2023. Ritchie, who is not seeking re-election as Minnesota’s Secretary of State, is leading EXPO 2023, the organizers of an effort to bring a privately funded Fair to the state.
Ritchie said the goal would be a hub-and-spoke arrangement, with the event centered in the Twin Cities but visitors encouraged to take side trips to Duluth and Rochester, for example.
As for a Twin Cities host site, Ritchie mentioned the former locations of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills and the Ford Motor Co. assembly plant in St. Paul as possibilities.
The biggest World’s Fairs, or Expos as they’re now called, occur every five years. Those events occur in the years ending with 5 or 0. But in between them smaller Expos are held.
MinnPost says so far Lodz, Poland is the only other city angling for the 2023 event. Ritchie says the Bureau of International Expositions, which oversees the events, limits the size of the smaller Expos to a 61-acre site.
If Minnesota does land Expo 2023, it would last for three months and would draw an estimated 10 million to 15 million visitors. Finance & Commerce says that amounts to about 150,000 per day, which is comparable to the crowds at the Mall of America or the State Fair.
That prospect has some of the heavyweights in the Twin Cities hospitality industry lined up in support of the effort.
DUNMORE, Pa. - Authorities say they have captured a man accused of killing one Pennsylvania State trooper and seriously injuring another during an ambush outside police barracks.
Police say they have 31-year-old Eric Frein in custody. The ambush was Sept. 12. The seven-week hunt for him ended Thursday.
Police haven't released details of the capture.
Authorities have called Frein a survivalist who had a vendetta against law enforcement. They had been pursuing him in the woods and had reported several suspected sightings.
Frein is charged with opening fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12.
Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed, and Trooper Alex Douglass was critically wounded in the attack.
The gunman slipped away, sparking a massive manhunt.