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16May 2021

Ex-mayor to LaCrosse econ-booster top job

LACROSSE, Wis. – Former Mayor Tim Kabat, who decided against seeking a third ter, has been named executive director of the LaCrosse Area Development Corporation. in announcing Kabat’s the appointment, the corporation’s governing board praised his experience in economic development. His salary was not announced. He succeeds Jorge Beltran, who was fired for allegations of outlandish personal charges on his corporate credit card and is being prosecuted. Kabat and Patti Balacek of Western Technical College, president of the corporation, both were on the board during Beltran’s time and took heat for stalling public revelation as to what was going on. Kabat also took heat in his last months as mayor for handling the discovery of ground-water poisons from the city-owned airport at Franch Island.

Earlier: Tight race: Reynolds next LaCrosse mayor

Earlier: Charge: LaCrosse business booster stole $30,000

Kabat. Previously in the city planning department and with Downtown Mainstreet Inc.

16May 2021

Infrastructure grade: D-plus for navigable waters

RESTON, Va. –The American Society of Civil Engineers graded the national inland navigation system D-plus in its annual report card on U.S. infrastructures. Shipping delays cost up to $739 per hour on average, the report said. Much of the system was built in the 1930s, including Upper Mississippi locks, dams and channels from St. Louis to Minneapolis. The society’s recommendations for moving its grade to a C or a B or even an A included a message to Congress: Give authority to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to manage construction and repair projects from start to finish and ensure, rather than piecemeal funding that results in costly stop-and-start of construction. The Society also recommended more money for operations and maintenance and strategic prioritizing of projects.

Army Corps projects

Inefficiencies in the Upper Mississippi navigation include locks that cannot accommodate a full complement of 17 barges and a towboat. The result: Barge arrays need to be broke apart and docked through in sections and then lashed together again. To address the congestion issue, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the system, has sought funds for more than 20 years to extend docks at the system’s busiest southern dams from 600 to 1,200 feet, Another inefficiency: Locks are single lane. Side-by-side locks, like the Panama canal, which opened in 1914, would double capacity. With noting: The Panama locks are 1,000 feet long.

Unlashing and relashing. It’s a tight fit for three-abreast barges. And lengthwise, like the Procrustean bed in Greek mythology, it doesn’t work at all.  A full array or 15 barges won’t fit in 600-foot locks. Barges must be divided into two arrays and each locked through separately, then reattached.

15May 2021

Week’s summary: May 15, 2021

Auto-body repair and solar energy careers

Tech honors auto body, solar energy grads

White, blue and black Casita Sprit Deluxe

$15,000 camper stolen at Wenonah Canoe

Weekly update: Zero new quarantined students

WSU Covid semester total: Down 540

Bars pleased but not tribes

Miller against tribal push to outlaw e-tabs

Governor lifts mask rule

Winona Schools choose safe route

15May 2021

College scores

Baseball: Augsburg 1, Saint Mary’s 0

Baseball: Hamline 1, St. John’s 0

Baseball: St, Olaf 1, Concordia of Moorhead 0

Baseball: Gustavus 1m Carleton 1

Baseball: Carleton 3, Gustavus 0, doubleheader

Softball: Winona State 4, St. Cloud State 0

Softball: Augustana 4, Winona State 3

Softball: Augustana 5, MSU-Mankato 0

Softball: MSU-Mankato 4, Augustana 2, doubleheader

Softball: St. Thomas 0, St. Olaf 0

Softball: Concordia of Moorhead 1, Bethel 1

Tennis (men):): Gustavus 5, Denison 4

Tennis (women): St. Thomas 5, UW-Whitewater 0

15May 2021

High school scores

Baseball: Mankato West Scarlets 7, Winona Winhawks 2

Baseball: Rochester Century 1, Rochester Marshall Rockets 0

Baseball: Rochester Lourdes Eagles 9, Pine Island Panthers 2

 Baseball: Mankato East Cougars 11, Red Wing Wingers 3

Baseball: Kasson-Mantorville Komets 5, Roseville Concordia Beacons 3

Baseball: Byron Bears 4, Albert Lea Tigers 3

Baseball: Randolph Rockets 9, Cannon Falls Bombers 6

Softball: Mankato West Scarlets 14, Winona Winhawks 10

Softball: Plainview-Elgin-Millville Bulldogs 14, Rochester Lourdes Eagles 4

Softball: Chatfield Gophers 6, Blooming Prairie Amazing Bloomers 2

Softball: Pine Island Panthers 6, Hayfield Vikings

Softball: Cannon Falls Bombers 5, Hayfield Vikings 2

Softball: Cannon Falls Bombers 9, Pine Island Panthers 7

Softball: Byron Bears 8, Albert Lea Tigers 0

Softball: Plainview-Elgin-Millville Bulldogs 12, Rochester Lourdes Eagles 3

15May 2021

No aerial chemicals detected from train wreck

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Emergency responders have found no air-borne hydrochloric acid from leaking railroad tak cars at a train wreck on little Goose Lake. Even so, the county emergency management coordinator, Rich Hall, said no threat to the public had been detected. Earlier, Hall urged people living in the area to remain side. He asked gawkers to avoid area of Hawthorne Street and Ulsted Avenue so as not to impede cleanup. The Union Pacific is mobilizing a clean-up team. Meanwhile, a federal investigation team was expected in Albert Lea. A Union Pacific spokesperson said the railroad hadn’t determined what caused the accident.

Earlier: Dangerous corrosive acid leaks from derailment

Front-end power. Typical UP livery.

Tank car. For liquid and gaseous cargoes

15May 2021

Dangerous corrosive acid leaks from derailment

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – A hazmat emergency team from Rochester determined tentatively that two tank cars in a derailed train were punctured and leaking hydrochloric acid. Neighborhood people were told to remain “sheltered in place.” Hydrochloric acid is an industrial chemical used in pickling steel to remove rust. In highly concentrated industrial form, the acid is corrosive to living tissue. The regional hazardous material team from Rochester, 70 miles away, began surrounding the Goose Lake site of the leaking cars with barriers to keep the acid out of shallow city lakes downstream. These lakes include 520-acre Fountain Lake, which is surrounded by a dense residential neighborhood. Also downstream is Albert Lea Lake, a 2,700-acre recreational and fishing lake. There is a a fowl reserve on Albert Lea Lake.

Earlier: Train wreck neighborhood quarantined

15May 2021

More National Guard soldiers to Kuwait

HASTINGS, Minn. – About 150 soldiers from Minnesota National Guard units in Hastings and Red Wing shipped off for Kuwait in a families-only ceremony. Captain Andrew Duitsman, commander of the 434th Chemical Company, said the unit’s mission is to provide chemical, biological, radiological training for Kuwaiti forces against weapons of mass destruction. Duitsman said the unit has had two years of training for the mission. The training was interrupted recently with deployment for in the Twin Cities for the Derek Chauvin murder trial for the death of George Floyd. In the Kuwait deployment the soldier will join other elements of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division for Operation Spartan Shield. The 34th has been on a nine-month to support Kuwait forces.

Hazmat training. Soldiers in the 434th in training at Camp Rileyiun February for chemical, biological radiological warfare.

15May 2021

Train wreck neighborhood quarantined

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Authorities told people living near a train wreck in north Albert Lea were told to stay inside until it can be ascertained whether dangerous chemicals had been released. The train was hauling some tank cars among 28 that left the rails. for sure, many cars were carrying inert cargo such as lumber. Most of the derailed cars were empties. Meanwhile, only emergency personnel were being allowed onto Eastgate Road, the nearest street to the accident.

Earlier: Train derails into shallow Albert Lea lake

15May 2021

Pressure mounts on LaCrosse over toxic water

CAMPBELL, Wis. – Attorney Tim Jacobson stacked packets with 600 signatures from French island people whose groundwater has been poisoned by fire-suppressant foam used for decades in fire-training exercises at the LaCrosse airport. Jacobson sent a photo of the stack to news media. The new signatures bring to 787 the number of people seeking claims against the City of LaCrosse, which owns the airport. Both the Town of Campbell and the airport share French Island, which is upriver on the Mississippi from LaCrosse. Meanwhile, 1,000 French island households are being provided bottled water by the state Natural Resources Department.

Earlier: House bill to aid with chemical-poisoned well

French Island anger. What do French Island people want? Compensation for lost property value. Also compensation for medical expenses linked to the poisoned water. Also: Potable water.

15May 2021

Train derails into shallow Albert Lea lake

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Most of a 50-car Union Pacific freight train derailed along a marshy lakeside in north Albert Lea about 1:45 p.m. There were no early reports of injuries. The nearest streets with houses are a couples blocks away. One witness counted 28 cars jack-knifed on the single-track mainline just north of the small UP yard in town. Some cars went into Goose Lake, a 79-acre body that’s only two to three feet deep. The lake feeds eventually into the Cedar and Iowa rivers and then the Mississippi 260 miles away south of Muscatine Iowa. It was. not known immediately whether the train carried hazardous materials. Trains on the route, known as the old Rock Island Spine Line, often carry liquid petroleum, potash and hydrochloric acid. The train originated in Superior, Wisconsin. It was bound for Des Moines, Iowa.

Mushy landing. Some derailed cars sank into mushy wetlands on Goose Lake.

14May 2021

Barges queued to resume at M Bridge

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A backlog of 62 vessels and 1,062 barges resumed moving past Memphis and under the damaged M Bridge. The Coast Guard captain for the Port Memphis, Ryan Rhodes, said the Tennessee Department of Transportation had determined that transit under the bridge would be “stable enough” for maritime traffic. The river is open to all vessel traffic without restrictions, Rhodes said.  The Coast Guard will use its queue management protocols with the barge industry to assure an orderly flow of vessels. Meanwhile, engineers were assessing how to repair the six-lane Interstate 40 bridge for trucks and cars.

Earlier: Grain price prospects slip with bridge fiasco

14May 2021

College scores

Baseball: Augustana 7, Winona State 4

Baseball: St, Cloud State 8, Mary 5

Baseball: MSU-Mankato 10, Sioux Falls 6

Baseball: UM-Crookston 7, Minot State 6

Baseball: Northwestern of Minnesota 2, St. Thomas 0

Baseball: Gustavus 2, Carleton 2

Baseball: Macalester 1, Bethel 0

Softball: Winona State 2, Southwest Minnesota State 1

Softball l: Winona State 2, UM-Duluth 1

Softball: Sioux Falls 3, Northern State of Iowa 2

Softball: Augustana 5, UM-Duluth 3

Softball: MSU-Mankato 4, St. Cloud State 0

Softball: St. Cloud State 7, MSU-Mankato 6, doubleheader

Softball l: St. Cloud State 7. Sioux Falls 6

Softball: MSU-Mankato 6, Augustana 0

Softball: Concordia of Moorhead 3, St. Olaf 9

Softball: Bethel 2, St. Thomas 0

Baseball: x

14May 2021

High school scores

Baseball: Winona Cotter Ramblers 9, Harmony Fillmore Central Panthers 6

Baseball: Mound Westonka White Hawks 4, Kasson-Mantorville Komets 1

Baseball: Farmington Siberian Tigers 10, Northfield Raiders 0

Baseball: Rochester Lourdes Eagles 10, Rochester Schaeffer Lions 6

Baseball: Rochester Lourdes Eagles 4, Cannon Falls Bombers 2

Baseball: Wabasha-Kellogg Falcons 12, Houston Hurricanes 2

Baseball: Hayfield Vikings 12, Blooming Prairie Amazing Bloomers 0

Baseball: Medford Raiders 14, Dodge Center Triton Cobras 7

Baseball: Andover Huskies 12, Rochester Marshall Rockets 1

Baseball: Lakeville South Cougars 9, Owatonna Huskies 0

Softball: Winona Cotter Ramblers 10, Harmony Fillmore Central / Lanesboro 0

Softball: LaCrescent-Hokah Lancers 4, Rushford -Peterson Trojans 0

Softball: Waterville-Elysian- Morristown Buccaneers 8, Kenyon-Wanamingo 2

Softball: Hayfield Vikings 5, Blooming Prairie Amazing Bloomers 3

Softball: Mankato East Cougars 14, Rochester Mayo Spartans 3

Softball: Wabasha-Kellogg Falcons 14, Red Wing Wingers 11

Softball: LaCrescent Lancers 14, Rushford Peterson Trojans 4

14May 2021

Tech honors auto body, solar energy grads

WINONA, Minn. – A 1978 grad of Minnesota Southeast Tech, then known as Winona Vo-Tech, Thomas Brandt, was honored as an outstanding alum. Brandt graduated from the college’s Winona campus with an auto body certificate. At the college’s commencement ceremonies Friday, Brandt told grads: “If  you listen to your heart, you’re likely to find success.” Brandt worked in the field until 1986, when he returned to Southeast Tech as an instructor. He’s been on the faculty since.  Brandt has consulted internationally, including a role in a new auto-repair program at Quzhou College of Technology in China. Also honored as an outstanding alum Friday was Mark Rathbun, a 1984 Red Wing campus solar energy grad. He is renewable resource manager for Great River Energy in Maple Grove. In his commencement address, Rathbun said: “You can’t build anything sustainable without a strong foundation.”

Brandt. Class of 1978.

Rathbum. Class of 1984.

14May 2021

Grain price prospects slip with bridge fiasco

ANKENY, Iowa — The shutdown of Mississippi River shipping at the M Bridge at Memphis has come at a critical time for U.S. grain and soy growers and shippers, according to the Soy Transportation Coalition, an agricultural industry group. Export prices had been at an eight-year high, but speculators backed off on futures almost immediately. Corn futures retreated 5%. Hundreds of barges are anchored upstream within a mile of the bridge, with grain from Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and upper Mississippi river ports. The best case scenario, said the Soy Transportation Coalition, is that traffic can resume within a few days. The M Bridge, however, may take months to fix, perhaps more than a year, with frequent interruptions to rver traffic.

Earlier: Unsafe bridge backs up 800 barges

M Bridge. A just-discovered structural issue rendered the brudge a choke point for Mississippi River shipping.

13May 2021

Winona Schools choose safe route

WINONA, Minn.—Facial masks remain in style — and required – in Winona Schools. The district posted an online notice that students and staff will be masking through the end of spring classes. The decision was made within hours of new federal and state guidelines that lifted masking mandates for people who have completed their Covid inoculation.

Earlier: Governor lifts mask mandate

Earlier: Winona eighth-grades revert to online

Herky Sez. Yes, that’s a mask on the beak.

13May 2021

College scores

Baseball Augustana 12, Winona State 0

Baseball: UM-Crookston 10, Minot State 6

Baseball: MSU-Mankato 19, Sioux Falls 4

Baseball: St. Cloud State 6, Mary 4

Softball: St. Cloud State 2, Winona State 1

Softball: Winona State 6, St. Cloud State 5, doubleheader

Softball: Winona State 6, Minot State 5

Softball Southwest Minnesota State 4, Northern State of Iowa 1

Softball: Sioux Falls 10, Minot State 2

Softball: UM-Duluth 1, Concordia of St. Paul 0, 13 innings

Softball: MSU-Mankato 6, Southwest Minnesota State 0

Softball: Augustana 2, Sioux Falls 1

Softball: Northern State of Iowa 5, Concordia of St. Paul 0

Softball: St. Catherine 2, St. Thomas 2

Softball: St. Benedict 1, Concordia of Moorhead 0

13May 2021

High school scores

Baseball: Northfield Raiders 1, Winona Winhawks 0

Baseball: Winona Cotter Ramblers 10, Dodge Center Triton Cobras 4

Baseball: Mankato East Cougars 6, Rochester Mayo Spartans 1

Baseball: Randolph Rockets 11, Houston Hurricanes 0

Baseball: Wabasha-Kellogg Falcons 7, Dover-Eyota Eagles 2

Baseball: Rochester Marshall Rockets 2, Red Wing Wingers 0

Baseball: Pine Island Panthers 7, Stewartville Tigers 2

Baseball: Byron Bears 11, Kasson-Mantorville Komets 0

Baseball: Owatonna Huskies 12, Faribault Falcons 3

Baseball: Caledonia Warriors 12, Rushford-Peterson Trojans 0

Baseball: St. Charles Fighting Saints 8, Chatfield Gophers 3

Baseball: Lewiston-Altura Cardinals; 4, LaCrescent-Hokah Lancers 0

Baseball: Hayfield Vikings 18, Rochester Schaeffer Lions 0

Baseball: Mankato West Scarlets 9, Albert Lea Tigers 3

Softball :Northfield Raiders 6, Winona Winhawks 3

Softball: : Rochester Century Panthers 10, Austin Packers 0

Softball: Byron Bears 13, Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights 2

Softball: Lake City Tigers 11, Dodge Center Triton Cobras 5

Softball: Lake City Tigers 10, Dodge Center Triton Cobras 9, doubleheader

Softball: LaCrescent-Hokah Lancers 8, Lewiston-Altura Cardinals 7

Softball: Caledonia / Spring Grove 9, Rushford-Peterson Trojans 4

Softball: Mankato West Scarlets 11, Albert Lea Tigers 9

Softball: Owatonna Huskies 14, Faribault Falcons 4

Softball: Kasson-Mantorville Komets 9, Pine Island Panthers 5

Softball: Rochester Marshall Rockets 10, Red Wing Wingers 0

Softball: Zumbrota-Mazeppa Cougars10, Rochester Lourdes Eagles 8

Softball: St. Charles Fighting Saints 1, Chatfield Gophers 0

Softball: Hayfield Vikings 9, Stewartville Tigers 2

13May 2021

Unsafe bridge backs up 800 barges

MEMPHIS, Tenn. –Almost 800 barges are tethered at the M Bridge on the Mississippi River while engineers try to figure out how to fix the structurally failing M Bridge. The Coast Guard said 26 vessels with 430 barges are quequed to head north and 21 vessels with 341 barges are queued to head south. The barges are carrying crude oil and grain. A serious structural flaw was discovered on the M Bridge Tuesday. The was closed immediately to Interstate 40 traffic and the river underneath.bridge

Earlier: Memphis barge block the season’s second

13May 2021

Missing: Trailer loaded with dirt, rocks

WINONA, Minn. — A 2008 Carr brand utility trailer valued at $1,200 was reported stolen from an alley in the 50 block of Lenox Street on the Far West End. The trailer was last seen March 6, police were told. The trailer was loaded with dirt and river landscaping rock.

13May 2021

Magnetic attraction at American Legion club?

WINONA, Minn. — A driver in the 300 block of East Sarnia Street struck the front of the American Legion building at the old Army Reserve outpost. The accident was about 1:20 p.m. Police determined there was nothing deliberate involved. The accident was  the second time the American Legion has been damaged this way since March.

13May 2021

Governor lifts mask mandate

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz removed his face mask and, citing new federal guidelines, said it was OK for all Minnesotans to do the same. There are caveats, however. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said that going maskless is safe only for people who have completed the Covid vaccination series. Walz said the policy change “reflects the discipline and the commitment here in Minnesota and in many places across the country to protecting not only themselves, but their neighbors.” Masks remain mandated in buses, planes, hospitals, prisons, homeless shelters, at merchants who choose to require them. Walz first mandated masks on July 22.

Earlier: Walz: Masking now required statewide

13May 2021

Drive-off fuel theft at Nodine

NODINE, Minn. — Employees at the Interstate 90 Kwik Trip convenience store reportesomeonehad drove off without paying for $25.70 worth of gas. The incident was about 11:35 a.m. Employees told deputies that they would check surveillance tape for a vehicle description.

13May 2021

Next George Floyd trials delayed

MINNEAPOLIS — The trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged as accessories in the death of George Floyd has been back nine months to March 2022. Judge Peter Cahill ordered the delay to allow publicity to fade from the murder conviction of fellow officer Derek Chauvin last month. The three officers – J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — are free on bond. Their trial originally was scheduled to begin June 22. The delay, some legal analysts said, could indicate that the three are in plea-bargaining discussions.

Earlier: Judge: George Floyd death particularly cruel

Kueng, Lane and Thao. Accused of aiding and abetting.

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