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Carol Hieronimus chosen as Sanford Network Employee of the Year

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WORTHINGTON – It isn’t nice to tell a fib, but sometimes the end does justify the means. Especially when it’s the only way to surprise someone in a really great way.

That is exactly what happened to Carol Hieronimus Monday – she had the day off work, but was unexpectedly called in to Sanford Clinic, where she has worked as a nurse since 2008. She had taken the day off because she had family in town and was planning to go out to lunch with them.

Instead, they came to her, along with quite a few other people. She wasn’t actually needed at work. It was a fib. Hieronimus was instead surprised by co-workers and some of the officers of the Sanford Network as the Employee of the Year.

Just last month she was chosen as the 2014 Employee of the Year for Sanford Worthington. And now, she has received the honor for the Sanford Network out of 3,000 employees and 14 medicals centers.

As the staff at the clinic gathered in the lobby, including Hieronimus, Sanford Worthington CEO Mike Hammer stepped forward to state they were all there to celebrate someone very special. As her family members began to file through a doorway in the back of the room, Hieronimus stared in astonishment.

“You’re all here,” she said in wonder.

Sanford Health Network President Jesse Tischer stepped forward to explain that the Sanford Health Network Electric Supply Company Employee of the Year Award was established in 2001 through an endowment of the Sanford Health Foundation to recognize a Sanford Network employee for exemplary performance.

“That’s you,” he told Hieronimus.

The criteria, he said, is based on Sanford values of courage, resolve, advancement and family.

“You are a very special employee, chosen from almost 3,000 people,” Tischer said.

Nominations were accepted from all over, and representatives from all of the sites were allowed to vote on the winner.

Hieronimus was nominated by seven people, who described her as a model employee who sees the best in people, who is trusted and valued by patients and co-workers, who demonstrates passion, places patients first and strives to build a relationship between herself, the patient and the provider.

“Everything she stands for is what I think of when I think of a nurse,” one person wrote.

As part of the award, Hieronimus will receive a trophy, and a cash prize of $1,500.

Shortly after the big announcement, Hieronimus said she was in awe.

“There are so many that are just as deserving – even more deserving,” she said. “I just can hardly believe it.”

She said she has no idea what she will do with the money, but was quick to take the opportunity to thank her Sanford family.

“I love you all,” she said.

Hieronimus has been in the nursing profession for about 40 years. She and her husband Gene live in Rushmore.

June 29 news

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HILLS – A Sioux Falls man suffered serious injuries when his 2004 Chevrolet Venture van left the roadway and rolled in the early morning hours on Sunday. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Obede Bikorimana, 27, of Sioux Falls, SD, was eastbound on Interstate 90 near mile marker 3 in his van when it left the roadway to the right and rolled into the ditch, causing him serious injury. He was taken to the Sanford Sioux Falls Trauma Center. The van was totaled.

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Relay For Life is now at approximately $54,000 of their $57,000 goal of 2015 after this weekend’s event. To make a contribution to the 2015 Nobles County Relay for Life campaign before the Aug. 31 deadline, or for more information about volunteering for future relays, contact any relay team member, call Kim Lambert at 372-5305 or send inquiries to rflofnoblescounty@hotmail.com.

IOWA - A representative of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley will be in the area this week. Jacob Bosma, the senator's Regional Director, will hold open office hours Tuesday in O'Brien, Clay, Palo Alto and Kossuth counties.

Bosma will be in the Assembly Room at the O'Brien County Courthouse in Primghar from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Spencer City Hall from 1:00 until 2:00 pm., the Emmetsburg Public Library from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. and the Algona Public Library from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m.

Bosma will be available for questions and to assist constituents with casework.

OKOBOJI, Iowa - Arnolds Park Amusement Park will be donating $1 of all Park Day Passes purchased from June 27th through July 3rd to the family of Iryna Shevchuk to help with expenses. She was killed while riding her bike June 23rd after being struck by a car.

Iryna was from the Ukraine, and living in South Dakota on a work exchange program with Spirit International.

She was employed by The Inn and the Dairy Queen.

A rep from Arnold's Park says many businesses, could not operate without the help of the work exchange program. Other donations may be given at Northwest Bank to help her family with additional expenses. Contact Di Lorenzen, Marketing and Communications Manager, for more information at 712-332-6557

DES MOINES, Iowa - There's finally some good news when it comes to bird flu. Officials with the Iowa department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and U.S. Department of Agriculture say there have been no more probable cases of avian influenza over the past week. They say the last positive flock was detected on June 16th.

Officials say infected turkey flocks have been depopulated and are being composted. Cleaning and disinfecting of the facilities is also underway. All the commercial laying and pullet facilities have been depopulated and cleaning and disinfecting of those facilities is ongoing.

Officials say environmental samplings will be taken of all sites to confirm they have been successfully cleaned and disinfected before they are re-stocked.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - A 28-year-old man is facing assault charges after a stabbing in eastern Sioux Falls.

According to Sgt. Candi Gearman, the incident happened Sunday around 9:40 p.m. at the 300 block of S. Lowell Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a 34-year-old victim who had injuries to his face, including a cut above his eye. The victim was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect, Galal A. Tawa, was found at the scene and arrested for aggravated assault. The investigation is ongoing.

MINNESOTA - Two children and a man are in the hospital after being struck by lightning in two separate incidents Sunday in northern Minnesota.

A father was carrying his 4-year-old daughter at a baseball game in Cherry, when they were struck by lightning around 2 p.m. near the township hall, Northland News Center reports. According to reports, the father is in critical condition and his daughter has serious injuries.

A 12-year-old child is also in critical condition after being struck by lightning at Enger Golf Course in Duluth late Sunday afternoon. The golf course was full for a memorial tournament, and it continued when thunder started, the Duluth News Tribune reports. However, the paper reports a warning horn was blown just before the bolt struck the bystander who was near a driving range.

According to the National Weather Service, an average of 49 people die each year from lightning strikes, while hundreds “are severely injured.” Lightning strikes about 25 million times a year in the U.S.

So far in 2015, 11 deaths have been reported. Only two of those were in the Midwest; they occurred in Iowa.

WORLD - Tuesday June 30 will be one second longer than any other day this year – and the longest day since 2012.

That’s because a “leap second” will be added to account for the fact that the Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing down, NASA explains.

A day lasts 86,400 seconds, according to coordinated universal time (UTC), but days haven’t actually been that long since about 1820, due to the gravitational tug-of-war between the Earth and the moon slowing the Earth’s rotation – now, the average day is approximately 86,400.002 seconds long, NASA says.

It may not seem like a lot – it’s actually less than the blink of an eye – but the difference adds up to almost a second every year, which is why scientists are adding a “leap” second to June 30 to keep time in sync with the mean solar day, which measures the passage of time based on the sun’s position in the sky, CBC News says.

o, as the clock approaches midnight on Tuesday, it will strike 23:59:60 before rolling over to 00:00:00 on July 1.

This won’t have much of an affect on the average person, NASA explains, but it could affect some computer systems – it becomes problematic when computers are networked together and can have issues agreeing on what time it is.

In 2012, when the last leap second was introduced, it caused problems across the Internet – briefly brought down websites like Reddit and Gawker, as well as disrupting Qantas Airlines’ booking system, leading to the cancellation of more than 400 flights, CBC News notes.

Twenty-five leap seconds have been added since 1972 – when the first leap second was implemented. Tuesday’s leap second will be only the fourth to be added since 2000, NASA notes.

Renowned wrestler Dan Gable to speak at King Turkey Day

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WORTHINGTON – The King Turkey Day Board of Directors has announced Dan Gable as the featured speaker for the 76th annual King Turkey Day celebration.

Gable will speak at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19th, on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Tenth Street.

Gable, a former University of Iowa Wrestling Coach from 1976 to 1997, won 15 NCAA National Wrestling Team Titles, coached 45 National Champions, 152 All-Americans and 106 Big Ten Champions. He was a three-time NCAA Coach of the Year with seven perfect seasons, nine consecutive NCAA titles, a US Olympic Head Coach and coached 12 Hawkeye Olympians - and these are just some of his coaching highlights.

In his own wrestling career, he was a three-time Iowa High School State Champion, a three-time Big Eight Champion at Iowa State University, a three-time All-American, the 1971 World Champion, the Outstanding Wrestler at Tbilisi Tournament, the 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist and a top 100 Olympian of all time.

Gable joins a long list of prominent speakers chosen to speak at King Turkey Day.

June 26 news

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WINDOM - Steve Nasby, administrator for the City of Windom, was elected Thursday as the president of the League of Minnesota Cities for 2015-2016. The election took place at the League’s Annual Conference in Duluth.

Nasby has worked as the Windom city administrator since March of 2006. Prior to that, he was employed for 13 years in planning and community development in Iowa City, Iowa. Nasby has served as a member of the League’s Board of Directors since 2010, and as First Vice President in 2014-2015.

Nasby holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

PIPESTONE - Bud Johnston of the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers has been appointed by the Governor to the Minnesota Tourism Council, according to the Pipestone County Star.

The Tourism Council has 27 current members and meets four times annually, typically in the Cities. The council is focused on areas critical to the development and growth of Minnesota Tourism. Program development and public policy issues at both the state and federal level are also addressed.

A spokesperson from the Governor’s office said Johnston was chosen from a pool of applicants that came from the Secretary of State’s office, and that Johnston was “an excellent applicant; very, very qualified.”

Johnston embraces the Native American side of his Ojibwa-Scottish-Irish heritage and is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior near Ashland, Wis. He helped organize the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemaking in 1996, and now leads the nonprofit organization with wife, Rona. He said he believed his appointment would be a good opportunity to promote tribal tourism.

Johnston has been engaged in that promotion for years. In 2012, he was recognized for his efforts when he received the Leadership in Minnesota Tourism Award from the Tour Minnesota Association for “his tireless efforts in promoting Native American Tourism.”

Johnston’s four-year appointment announced last week is an at-large position, which means he’ll be an overall representative for the tourism industry and not designated to represent a specific sector, such as lodging, restaurants or trails.

OCHEYEDAN, Iowa — The death of a member of the Ocheyedan City Council and a petition have resulted in a special election in that city. The City of Ocheyedan will be having a special election to fill the vacancy on the city council on Tuesday, July 14th.

Council member Gene Turner passed away recently. The Ocheyedan City Council appointed Kevin Hertz to fill the vacancy until the city election in November.
However, another Ocheyedan resident filed a petition for a special election to fill the vacancy, forcing the election on July 14th.

The two choices on the ballot will be Kevin Hertz and Clyde Hoekstra.

The Osceola County Auditor’s Office says polls will be open on July 14th from noon to 8 PM.

MITCHELL, SD - A 22-year-old woman is in custody on her third DUI and vehicular homicide charges after a one vehicle rollover killed a 14-year-old boy near Mitchell, SD. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, two miles west of Mitchell.

The driver, a 22-year-old Mitchell woman, lost control of her 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee on a gravel road and rolled several times in the ditch. The 14-year-old victim was thrown from the vehicle. He later died at a Sioux Falls hospital.

The driver and three other teen boys in the vehicle, one 12-year-old and two 14-year-olds, suffered minor injuries.

The 22-year-old was arrested for DUI Third Offense, Vehicular Homicide, Suspended Driver’s License, Contributing Alcohol to a Minor, Open Container of Alcohol and Seat Belt Violation.

Names are not being released pending notification of families. The crash remains under investigation.

Promenade on Oxford investor could be ready to name retailers within months

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WORTHINGTON – Brian Pellowski isn’t quite ready to start naming names, but said this week that in the next 60 days, there will be announcements of retail tenants for Promenade on Oxford that will be “very big for the city of Worthington.”

Pellowski, owner of PBK Investments, is the developer who finally coaxed the former Northland Mall out of Mike Kohen’s neglectful clutches after he saw the potential more than two years ago in the area and in the city of Worthington.

Recently he held a contest to rename the complex and chose Promenade on Oxford, explaining that the word promenade implies a gathering place, like the top deck of an elegant ship. In real estate jargon, he said, it is like a city within a city – there will be a retail center with a housing component of 96 market-rate apartments.

The existing mall structure will be down no later than October 1, Pellowski said. PBK Investments is just in the process of getting the marketing for Promenade on Oxford going, and a sign should be up soon. A marketing plan is in place and Pellowski and his leasing agent have been talking to retailers.

During a recent international conference in Las Vegas, they had interactions with retailers that have an interest in Worthington. Pellowski said they have talked with several that were in the mall in the past who would like to come back to Worthington – something that is almost unheard of in the retail world. It wasn’t business that was bad, he said, it was the physical plant. But the process, he admitted, is a slow one.

They are also still getting the Tax Increment Financing district finalized with the city.
When Pellowski isn’t tied up with things at the Promenade on Oxford, he’s busy with his mall in Marshall, which he’s owned for 20 years. Half of that mall is coming down, 72 units of apartments are going up, as well as a hotel, strip retail units and outbuildings of retail. He’s also newly married, so he’s been a busy guy.

The timeline on Promenade on Oxford right now is that the retail and apartments will happen in phases, with openings in 2016 and 2017. The theater is a little further along, and the intent is to hopefully get construction underway before the end of the year. Pellowski met with the theater people this week, he said, and they are working closely with the WREDC to get assistance. It is a big undertaking, he said, but certainly moving along well in the process.

Everywhere he goes in Worthington, people ask him what kind of stores will end up in the city, and for now he isn’t able to give specific answers, but he did try to offer some insight. There will be restaurant components, the theater with stadium seating, and there will probably be a number of clothing stores of some sort. Along with that, possibly a shoe store, crafts, sporting goods, maybe a cell component and banking.

It is still early in the process, he said, but they have a general idea of what they want and what the city wants. And almost everyone he talks to mentions wanting women’s clothing stores, he said with a laugh.

June 25 news

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SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A collision Tuesday night in Spirit Lake involving a car and a bicycle claimed the life of the bicyclist. Authorities haven't released the victim's name, pending notification of relatives.

The Iowa State Patrol says the driver of the car, 23-year-old Dustin Abbas of Milford, wasn't injured.

The collision took place shortly before midnight at the intersection of Highway 71 and 34th Street. Authorities say Abbas was southbound in the outside lane of the highway when he collided with the rear of the bike, which was also southbound in the same lane of traffic.

The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the Spirit Lake Police Department.

WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Relay for Life is this Friday, and their goal for 2015 is $57,000. Seventeen Relay for Life teams have helped to raise funds, and approximately $40,000 has already been raised. The theme this year is Candyland.

The event begins at the Nobles County Fairgrounds at 5 p.m., with live entertainment on stage and campsite sales including lots of food items and games. From 5 to 8 p.m., there is the bucket raffle in Benton Hall.

At 6:30 p.m. is the opening ceremony with National Anthem, introductions, speech by Honorary Chairperson Cindy Sieve, survivor ceremony, butterfly release and caregiver ceremony. The live auction begins at 8 p.m., and the bucket raffle winners are posted at 8:30 p.m. The luminaria lighting ceremony is at 9 p.m., and then DJ Barry Roberts provides musical entertainment until the closing ceremony at midnight, when the all-team walk and team totals are announced.

WORTHINGTON — The Center for Active Living, 211 11th St., will again host a Virtual Dementia Tour on July 2. The VDT is an interactive program proven to improve communication and care of individuals with dementia and was developed to help members of the community gain insight and empathy for those with dementia.

There is a fee to cover supplies and the resource booklet given to each participant. Continuing education credits are available for an additional fee. A free-will donation will also be collected to support the research of Second Wind Dreams, the creator of the VDT program.

The experience takes about 45 minutes. To schedule a time slot, contact Kris at the Center for Active Living, 376-6457.

This event is supported in part by a Live Well at Home grant from the Department of Human Services and Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation.

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — A lawsuit is being filed against a poultry operation in northwest Iowa that was hit by avian influenza. Michael Foods Egg Products Company, a subsidiary of St. Louis-based cereal maker Post Holdings Inc., filed the lawsuit in federal court in Des Moines on Monday.

Michael Foods alleges that Hawkeye Pride Egg Farms of Corwith, Iowa breached an egg supply contract. Michael Foods claims it is suffering irreparable harm and is seeking a court order stopping Hawkeye from breaching the contract, a judgment against the egg supplier, and damages “in an amount sufficient enough to compensate Michael for Hawkeye’s breach.”

Michael Foods primarily sells liquid and precooked egg products. Hawkeye Pride is a division of Sioux Center-based Center Fresh Group, which lost more than 5-million hens due to the avian flu.

The state of Iowa is number-one in the nation for egg production and the avian influenza has hit the state hard, with more than 30-million laying hens, and more than one-million turkeys that have been affected by the bird flu.

Charges filed: Worthington prostitution sting nets six arrests

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WORTHINGTON – Six men were allegedly caught in a prostitution sting after the Worthington Police Department and other local jurisdictions placed an advertisement in the adult entertainment section of the website backpages.com.

Charged this week with gross misdemeanor level hiring of a prostitute are Willie James Noel Jr, age 45, of Lafayette, Louisiana, Todd Alan Nelson, age 55, of Garvin, Derrik Dean Lusk, age 21, of Jackson, Thomas Aaron Kuhl, age 25, of Fulda, Harold John Krogman, age 62, of Sibley, Iowa, and Wayne Allan Muller, age 59, of Windom. Muller is also charged with one count of fleeing a peace officer.

According to the complaints filed in Nobles County District Court, the ad was placed on the website May 29 and indicated that two women were ready to “have fun” and “to please.” The ad described their bodies and included a photo of alcohol bottles, condoms and lubrication on a table in a hotel room.

Within a short time, each of the six men responded via phone to the ad through calls or text messages, offering to hire the person who posted the advertisement to provide sexual services. Arrangements were made for the services to be provided at a hotel in Worthington, rates discussed and agreed upon.

As each man arrived and handed over the monies requested, they were arrested, with the exception of Muller, who ran down the hallway and had to be pursued and caught. Cellphones and money from all were collected as evidence.

Each man faces up to a $1,500 fine.

Noble named interim high school principal

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WORTHINGTON – The District 518 School Board this morning unanimously approved naming current Prairie Elementary Principal Josh Noble as the interim principal at the Worthington High School and will move current elementary assistant principal Heidi Meyer into the interim principal position at the elementary school.

District Superintendent John Landgaard said the intent is that if both interim principals work out well, they will stay in their positions permanently.

There were 13 applicants for the high school principal position, but the school board members agreed moving the positions internally was the best decision. Now, there will be two open positions for assistant principal, one at the elementary school to replace Meyer and one at the high school to replace assistant principal Reed Sather, who resigned to take a position in Faribault.

The board also voted unanimously to move forward with pursuing a new high school facility, with a tentative plan for a referendum in November of 2016.

There was brief discussion as to whether building a high school was the right thing to do. Board member Brad Shaffer said that with enrollment increasing, it was clear they need to move pretty quickly to increase space, and adding a high school was the way to do it. Anything less than that, he said, was just a band-aid.

Along with that discussion came talk of what else needed to be included, such as a sports complex or auditorium. Chair Steve Schnieder said it would be a good idea to think on a large scale to avoid being land locked as their current facility is. Landgaard said a current recommendation is that a new high school be put on 60 acres to accommodate sports facilities and parking.

There was considerable discussion about the gymnastics program and whether it could be kept in its current facility until a new school can be built. Landgaard was adamant that cutting the program is not an option. He said it is a high priority, and said he is looking into alternate sites.

He is also investigating property that would suit a new school and will report progress back to the board when it is appropriate to do so.

June 24 news

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WORTHINGTON – Just a reminder, today is the All-American Blood Donor Worthington Community Blood Drive, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ground Round at 1290 Ryans Road, sponsored by Radio Works, Daily Globe, Ground Round and Holiday Inn Express.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health the day of the donation. Please bring an ID. All who sign up to donate get a free t-shirt, and there is a special coupon gift to all who donate, compliments of Ground Round. Call 376-3043 for more information.

WORTHINGTON – Bigelow Mayor Brad Meester approached the Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday for a discussion about a recently acquired piece of tax-forfeited property within the city of Bigelow. Meester said the city of Bigelow has approved partnering with Habitat for Humanity and entering into a memorandum of project commitment to provide Habitat a clear parcel to construct a new home.

The lot in question has a dilapidated house full of contents, as many as eight cars on the property, and needs to be taken down. Originally, the city declined the offer to take possession of the parcel from the county, but shortly before the tax forfeiture auction, changed their minds.

Shorty before the process of selling the property, Meester said he entered into discussions with Pam Dobson of Habitat for Humanity and started putting together ideas. They started talking about how they could work together.

Dobson, who was also present, said Habitat is coming to Nobles County in the spring of 2017 and the Bigelow land is a great opportunity for build.

What Meester proposed to the commissioners is that all of the entities work together to get the land cleared, sharing resources. The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office is already assisting by running the VIN numbers on the vehicles on the property so they can be disposed of and any monies can go toward the project. The contents of the house include appliances, rooms full of toys and other items.

Dobson said people who successfully apply for Habitat for Humanity need to perform 300 hours of sweat equity, so those hours could be used to help clear the contents of the house.

The commissioners seemed supportive of sharing resources to get the process moving forward, approving the $2,500 grant that had been discussed for other tax-forfeited properties that had abandoned structures.

In other business, the commissioners approved conditional use permits for Dustin Lefdal for a commercial dog kennel in Grand Prairie Township, for Randy Buntjer for a home extended business in Grand Prairie Township and for Nobles County on land owned by Virgil Cook in Olney Township for stockpiling of railroad ties.

There was discussion regarding the tax-forfeited properties that did not sell at the auction held earlier this month. Two in Ellsworth have assessments, and the city has agreed to forgive their assessments if the county will do the same. This would allow the lots to sell starting at $1. Before any action could be taken, it was decided Auditor Beth Van Hove should do some research to find out what process would need to take place and if sealed bids could be taken or if another auction would be necessary.

In regard to the Adrian pool hall, a motion to get bids on demolition and the cost of a structural engineer was approved. Because the hall shares two walls with adjoining buildings, demolition will be tricky.

As for the three lots in the city of Worthington that did not sell at the auction, there has been discussion about allowing them to be used for community gardens. The challenge, according to County Administrator Tom Johnson, would be the lack of water at the sites. The Master Gardener program in Nobles County was let go due to lack of interest, but Johnson said several groups liked the idea of having gardening sites available.

A bid was accepted from Wilcon Construction for the stair update project at the Government Center. Johnson said the bids came in a little higher than expected, but the $188,410 is still much better than the $400,000 they were hearing a year ago. Wilcon could start in July yet, and the project will have to be phased so that all of the stairways are not closed down at the same time.

WORTHINGTON — A dedication ceremony is planned for a POW-MIA bench at Freedom Veterans Memorial Park. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the park, located on South Shore Drive in Worthington. The public is invited to attend.

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation, Inc. is now accepting scholarship applications to regional healthcare workers seeking advancement in the healthcare profession. Up to three (3) - $2000 scholarships may be awarded. The application for the Healthcare Professional Scholarship can be found at wrhcf@outlook.com under the scholarship tab. Applications must be submitted by August 1, 2014 for consideration.

SPENCER, Iowa - A vehicle reported stolen in Arkansas has been recovered in Clay County and a suspect is in custody in connection with the incident. The Clay County Sheriff's Office says a deputy was on patrol in Peterson when he discovered the stolen vehicle parked near a residence. Upon investigating it was determined the vehicle had been stolen from Fayetteville, Arkansas.

At the residence, authorities made contact with 22-year-old Patrick Steffens, who was found to be in possession of the keys for the vehicle. Steffens was arrested and booked into the Clay County Jail on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, theft in the 2nd degree.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and that further charges are anticipated. The Clay County Sheriff's Office is being assisted in the investigation by the Fayetteville, Arkansas Police Department.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa — An allegedly disgruntled employee at Premium Pet Health in Orange City faces assault charges after an incident at the plant.

The Orange City Police Department reports that charges have been filed in response to an incident that happened on Thursday, June 18th. They report that they were called to Premium Pet Health in Orange City shortly after midnight on an assault call.

Officers investigated the situation, and then arrested 33-year-old Saul Bernabe Perez Chun of LeMars on a charge of serious assault. Officers believe the assault stemmed from Perez Chun being suspended from work earlier in the day.

June 23 news

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WORTHINGTON - The City of Worthington will be picking up tree debris related to the high winds that occurred on Monday. The pick-up will start on Tuesday. Please place only the storm related tree debris on the boulevard.

WORTHINGTON – After a lengthy public hearing, the Worthington City Council Monday night approved two resolutions ordering preparation of plans and specifications for the improvement of Grand Avenue and sidewalks, opting to go with concrete instead of bituminous. Council member Larry Janssen opposed each motion, having made clear during the last meeting that he believes the project should punch through to Darling Drive.

Current plans call for a 4-foot sidewalk on the west side of the street and a 10-foot sidewalk on the east side to accommodate bike traffic as part of the Complete Streets policy.

The council also approved implementation of a compensation policy for the Worthington Fire Department that would adjust annually the salary of the officers and the amount firefighters are paid per call or meeting. Currently, firefighters earn $13.53 per call or meeting, maintenance officers earn $2,750 annually, the secretary and first and second assistant chief earn $3,300 annually and the chief earns $6,600 annually. Beginning January 2016, the new policy will go into effect, with the adjustment the same as the city’s non-aligned personal. For 2016 and 2017, that cost of living increase is 2.5 percent.

The council authorized Mayor Mike Kuhle to execute change orders related to the demolition of the former K-Mart building, which consisted of relocating a gas line and removal of contaminated soils. Both items were encountered during the process and required immediate action as the changes were time sensitive. The cost of the change in the contract was just under $17,000, bringing the total cost of demolition, including professional fees, to $154, 527. The original budget for the demolition was $300,000.

JACKSON - Federated Rural Electric crews restored power Monday, starting at 6 a.m. until 7:46 a.m. for 1,500 members in western and central Jackson County who were affected by a transmission line outage. The high winds and lightning caused transmission line outages.

The Round Lake, Miloma, West Lakefield, Minneota and Middletown Federated substations were affected. Federated crews worked with Great River Energy to reroute and restore power. Great River Energy is fixing three damaged structures near the Minneota substation and one near the Miloma substation.

Finally, about 276 individual outages occurred due to the storm in Jackson and Martin Counties due to downed lines and trees from the heavy winds.