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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department reported Deputies were busy on the 12th dealing with Curfew & Probation Violations with a juvenile in Jackson and investigated a report of a possible Harassment Restraining Order Violation, along with traffic stops, driving complaints  and dealing with a barking dog complaint that turned into an ordinance violation for excess refuse in the yard. On the 13th Deputies responded to a civil dispute in Wilder, at approximately 8pm The Jackson Fire Department, Jackson Ambulance, and Deputies responded to a possible gas leak at a residence in Jackson that was determined to be a false alarm. At 11:22  PM  A deputy conducted a traffic stop on US 71 north of Jackson.  As a result, the driver was issued a citation for going 91 mph in a 60 mph zone. On the 14th Jackson County Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at 1:35 am in Jackson, a welfare check at 2:16am, and a disturbance in Belmont Township at 2:52am where multiple curfew violations were issued. At 4:25 AM  A deputy located an abandoned bicycle in Jackson.  It was impounded for safekeeping. And then in the evening at approximately 6pm, A deputy responded to a report of a stolen scooter.  The victim was fishing on the Des Moines River along Springfield Parkway and had parked the scooter above the river bank.  When the victim walked back up the bank later, it was missing.  It was later located near the Catholic Church and returned to the owner. On the 15th Deputies assisted the Alpha First Responders and Jackson Ambulance with a medical in Alpha. And also

assisted the Jackson Ambulance with a medical in Jackson.


Department of Natural Resources District 16 Conservation Officers presented the following reports.

CO Thor Nelson of New Ulm received calls pertaining to state land access, trespassing concerns, fishing law violations, and questions concerning hunting and fishing laws. He also removed hunting stands and related equipment from wildlife management areas. Nelson primarily worked angling, boating, invasive species, and off-highway vehicle enforcement activities.

CO Dustin Miller of Windom continued to encounter numerous violations while enforcing angling activity. Miller attended training this past week and continues to investigate several TIP calls. Small grain harvest has begun locally.

CO Mike Gruhlke in Jackson worked ATV enforcement and aquatic invasive species enforcement. Gruhlke noted that folks are starting to get excited about the falls seasons and noted an increase in the number of questions he is receiving relating to them. He patrolled through Kilen Woods State Park.


It took a keen eye and a cunning mind but the Mt Lake Medallion Hunt came to an end. Ezra Peterson of Mountain Lake was the puzzle solver, searching guru that found the Medallion located at the Mt Lake Municipal Power Plant in the wheel located out front and now has $250 in Chamber Dollars in his pocket! Congratulations to Ezra…


The Jeffers City Council met in regular session on August 8th. The Council approved a fence permit on Duroe Street and discussion was held for the water usage of a running basement toilet. The Council agreed owner of property should pay the bill. The Council was informed about mowing some properties and putting gravel down in alleyways. A discussion was held regarding several of Ludwig’s semis parked on road. A letter will be sent to a resident regarding a refrigerator sitting outside with the doors on that must be removed, and the garbage and lawn need to be cleaned up.


The Cottonwood County Board of Commissioners met yesterday. The Commissioners adopted resolution 22-08-16 “Cottonwood County VSO Grant Agreement.” The final payment to R and G Construction Company was approved and the Commissioners approved the Conditional Use Permit from Central Specialties for an asphalt plant in Amboy Township, Section 12, with conditions. Rent rates will be going up as the Commissioners approved an increase for the United Community Action Partnership located at 455 11th Street in Windom and Soil & Water Conservation Districts rate to increase by 5% monthly. The Board than approved the revisions of the Nuisance Regulations section of Ordinance 28 and allowed the Board Chair to sign the CRP contracts withdrawing land from the CRP program.