The Martin County Sheriff's Office reports a St. James man died at a campground over the holiday weekend after being found unresponsive. Shortly after 2 a.m. on Saturday, Authorities responded to the Cedar Hanson Park near Trimont for a report that 28-year old Dustin Wolters was not breathing. Witnesses at the scene initiated CPR and Wolters was later transported to the Fairmont Hospital. The man was pronounced dead at the Hospital. The incident remains under investigation.
The Minnesota State Patrol reports one person was injured in a crash in St. James on Thursday afternoon. Troopers say a semi was westbound on 360th Street at 730th Avenue when it was rear-ended by 64-year old Rodney Duane Wolters of Lewisville who was driving a Ford pickup. Wolters suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the St. James Hospital shortly before 3 p.m. The driver of the semi, 27-year old Josiah Helferich of Mountain Lake was uninjured.
Governor veto’s tax conformity bill, pushing for education funding for St. James and other districts
Governor Mark Dayton on Thursday morning followed through on his promise to veto a new tax conformity bill after issuing an ultimatum that the bill had to include 138-million dollars in emergency funding for education. House Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says he understands the situation. "We gotta do the tax conformity, everybody knows that. So, that moves us towards responsible action," said Johnson. "But I think the Governor is making a very fair request. We're having schools laying off teachers and that means larger class sizes and fewer opportunities for kids. That's never good for Minnesota. So, I think addressing that [...]
Local Government Aid could return to its highest amount since 2002 under legislation in the Minnesota House. Under the bill, LGA would increase from 534.4-million dollars to 564.4-million dollars by 2019, which would stop to the downward trend in appropriations over the last 15 years. Rep. Clark Johnson Representative Clark Johnson (D-North Mankato) says cities like Saint Peter that have low property values, LGA is used to make sure essential services continue to be provided. "I believe up to 40-percent of the budget in Saint Peter depends on that. It's absolutely essential that Local Government Aid be stable. During [...]
Gunther says water quality issues a priority in Bonding Bill, Legislature continues to mull over projects
Minnesota Lawmakers are eyeing a large bonding bill this session and considering Governor Mark Dayton’s proposal of 1.5-billion dollars for state public works projects. House Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) sits on the Capital Investment committee and says the main priorities in this year’s bill will be to fix water quality issues, address road projects and improve infrastructure at colleges and prisons. "We don't know that total amount of bonding we're gonna have, I know the Governor is requesting 1.5-billion dollars, and that's after the biggest bonding bill ever last year. Which wasn't normally a bonding year, but we didn't have one [...]
One person is in custody and another person was injured after a shooting at a convenience store in St. James. The St. James Plaindealer reports shots were fired and one person received medical attention on Wednesday afternoon. Authorities later apprehended a female and transported the woman to the Watonwan County Jail. Just before 2 p.m., scanner audio indicated that a person was locked in the bathroom in Casey's General Store at 620 2nd Avenue South. The St. James Police Department tells KTOE News that information on the incident will be released at a later time.