WORTHINGTON – While this weather may not be conducive to thinking about baseball, that isn’t stopping the Minnesota Twins from putting some planning into the annual Caravan. Reliever Brian Duensing, second baseman Brian Dozier and broadcasters Jack Morris and Dick Bremer will make a stop in Worthington at 9 a.m. January 20 at the YMCA. All are invited to join us.
WORTHINGTON – The District 518 School Board passed a resolution Tuesday to enter into a contract with the Minnesota Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School program. The grant will allow Prairie Elementary, Worthington Middle School and Worthington High School to develop Safe Routes to School plans that increase safety and encourage more children to walk or bike to school.
The funds will be used at Prairie Elementary for painting crosswalks. At the middle and high schools, pedestrian crossing signs are planned on Clary Street, North Crailsheim Road, Marine Avenue, Church Avenue, Humiston Avenue and Nobles County 35.
During the Truth in Taxation public hearing, David Skog, director of management services, outlined where general fund dollars in the 2014-15 budget came from. According to Skog’s presentation, state aid accounted for 88.38 percent of funding. Federal aid attributed to 3.25 percent of funding, while a voter-approved levy supplied 6.15 percent of general fund dollars. The remaining 2.23 percent came from other sources.
WORTHINGTON — Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center will host a Storytime with Santa event Sunday. Two reading times — 1 and 3 p.m. — are scheduled, and the event will take place at the auditorium. Each story time will be followed by photo opportunities with Santa. The event is free and open to the public.
SPENCER, Iowa - Authorities are investigating the death of a 23-year-old Spencer woman. The Spencer Police Department says officers responded shortly after 8 p.m. Monday to 13 West 3rd Street apartment 4 in Spencer after the Communications Center received numerous calls about a man yelling for help at that address.
Upon arrival, Spencer police found an unresponsive woman. She was pronounced dead a short time later when paramedics arrived. The name of the woman hasn't been released by authorities.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting in the investigation. Spencer Police Chief Mark Warburton said more information will be released as it becomes available.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A public hearing on a proposal by New Fashion Pork to build a 4,400 head hog confinement barn in Superior Township near the Minnesota border drew a big crowd to Tuesday's Dickinson County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Joe Ulman of the Big Spirit Lake Protective Association was among those opposed to the proposed facility, citing health and environmental concerns, possible impact on tourism, and property values. Jay Moore of New Fashion Pork differed with comments made by some claiming the pork industry isn't being responsible.
Following further discussion, the supervisors voted four to one to recommend the DNR disapprove the facility application.
There was then discussion as to whether or not New Fashion Pork would be willing to meet with a working committee to try to work out some sort of compromise agreement that would address at least some of the concerns. The deadline for the county to make its recommendation to the state regarding a manure management plan on the proposed operation, along with the facility itself, is December 26th. A phone call made to DNR officials indicated the agency would be willing to grant a 30 day extension to that extension, in order to give the working committee a chance to meet, should New Fashion Pork be willing to go along with that process.
A public hearing on the manure management plan for the facility was continued, depending upon whether or not the working committee moves forward and is able to come up with some kind of agreement. The committee would consist of two supervisors along with three members of the general public.
MINNESOTA - Minnesotans who fought so hard to legalize medical marijuana in the state are starting to realize it might still be difficult for some to acquire the drug, once it becomes legal to purchase it on July 1 to treat certain serious, chronic or terminal illnesses.
For one thing, it could cost hundreds of dollars per month for patients who need the treatment, and they’ll have to foot the entire bill since insurance companies will not cover the costs, the Associated Press reports.
In addition, there are only eight dispensaries where the medicine will be available in the entire state, and four of them will be in the Twin Cities metro area. That means some patients will need to drive hundreds of miles to obtain the treatments, according to the Star Tribune.
The state’s two manufacturers of medical marijuana tell the Associated Press the costs could range from $100 to $500 per month, depending on the patient’s condition and the treatment they are prescribed.
Both companies – Minnesota Medical Solutions and LeafLine Labs – say they will do all they can to reduce the price for people with lower incomes.
One reason the costs are so high is that the marijuana cannot be smoked or sold in plant form. The companies need to use expensive equipment to convert the plants into pill or oil forms – the only kinds that are legal under the new state law, according to the AP.
As for the dispensaries, their numbers and locations were also the result of political wrangling over the new law. The number eight was a compromise between lawmakers and law enforcement agencies. The Senate was pushing a plan to allow dispensaries in dozens of locations around the state, but some House members wanted only two.
The Minnesota Department of Health recommended that one be located in each of the state’s congressional districts, the Star Tribune notes. But four of the districts are concentrated in the metro area. The dispensaries will be located in the following cities: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Eagan and Maple Grove in the metro area; as well as outstate cities of St. Cloud, Hibbing, Moorhead and Rochester.
Health officials acknowledge that some patients will likely have to drive long distances to buy the medicine. But they also say that the dispensary locations could be changed, or more could be added, in the future as the demand for the drug becomes clearer.
PIERRE, SD -- A Pierre teenager convicted of killing a classmate in 2012 has been sentenced. A second-degree murder charge brought 18-year-old Braiden McCahren 25 years in prison, with 15 years suspended. McCahren also received 10 years in prison for an aggravated assault charge. The sentences are to be served concurrently.
Jurors in adult court in September convicted McCahren in the December 2012 death of 16-year-old Dalton Williams in McCahren's home. McCahren was 16 at the time of the slaying but was tried as an adult.
Authorities said the shooting happened after an argument about a paintball incident. McCahren was convicted of aggravated assault for pointing a shotgun at another classmate and pulling the trigger. The gun didn't fire.
McCahren's attorney says he'll appeal the conviction to the South Dakota Supreme Court.