Thanksgiving week schedule:
12pm-3pm open skate
3pm-7pm open hockey
7:15pm-9:45pm adult league
12pm-3pm open skate
3pm-6pm open hockey
7pm-9pm open skate
9pm-10pm open hockey
6pm-8pm open skate
8pm-9pm open hockey
The Sleepy Eye School was locked down for approximately 1.5 hours Tuesday (11/14) due to a threat made on a Twitter account. After determining no danger existed, the lockdown was ended.
The following statement was issued by Sleepy Eye Schools:
At 1:05 p.m. the school received a phone call from the Tactical Institute from Washington DC that there is potential threat made on twitter against a school and they identified that the twitter feed came from Sleepy Eye Public School. At that time the school district went into a lockdown and called the police. The school district with the assistance of the institute was able to identify the owner of the twitter feed and was able to identify the students involved in the incident. After interviewing the parties involved the school district determined that our students are not in imminent danger so the lockdown was lifted. Classes resumed under normal circumstances for the rest of the day. The school district will take action according to school district policy and continue to provide a safe learning environment to our students.
The following statement was issued by the Brown County Attorney’s Office
This afternoon, at approximately 1:30 law enforcement received notification of a possible threat of violence at Sleepy Eye High School. The Sleepy Eye Police Department, The Brown County Sheriff’s Office, The Minnesota State Patrol and agents of the BLRR Task Force responded immediately and the school was placed on lockdown. Once the situation was deemed safe, the lockdown was lifted. One student has been detained and the matter is currently being investigated by the Sleepy Eye Police Department. Given the age of the individual detained, the name is being withheld. The Brown County Attorney’s Office will review the matter for potential delinquency charges. While it appears that the students were never in immediate danger, law enforcement takes all threats of this nature seriously to ensure the safety of all students.
The ice at the Sleepy Eye Arena is on and ready! Here is the schedule for most of the weeks:
Youth hockey from 5:30-7:30 pm
Adult hockey from 7:45-9:45 pm
Open skate from 7-9 pm
Open hockey from 9-10 pm
Open skate 6-8 pm
Open hockey 8-9 pm
November is peak month for deer-vehicle crashes
November is the peak time for deer-vehicle crashes in the state, so motorists should watch for them and drive cautiously, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The main reason for the increase in vehicle crashes is that the deer mating season occurs in November. Increased deer movement coupled with a reduction in daylight hours increase drivers’ chances of encountering deer on roadways.
Deer are more likely to be encountered in areas where habitat is close to the roadway, such as a bridge crossing over waterways, and during the early morning and evening hours when deer are most active.
From 2013 to 2015, there were 6,149 reported deer-vehicle crashes, according to the Department of Public Safety. There were 15 fatalities and 944 injuries. Crashes were reported in every county in the state.
So far this year, there have been four motorcycle crashes with deer, with five fatalities reported.
A deer collision report released annually by State Farm Insurance states that Minnesota ranks seventh among the 50 states in how likely motorists are to hit a deer. The company said that 1-in-74 motorists will hit a deer or other large animal this year, up from about 1-in-80 in 2016.
For those driving on Minnesota roadways, MnDOT offers these tips:
- Be particularly alert in the fall and spring. More than half of the crashes happen in late October and November when deer are mating, and in May and June during the birthing season.
- Be vigilant at dusk and at dawn. A high percentage of crashes occur during the low-light or dark hours of the day when deer move between daytime bedding sites and evening feeding areas.
- Slow down and scan the sides of the road and ditches for animals when driving through forested lands or near river and stream banks. Especially drive with caution in marked deer-crossing zones and along roads surrounded by farmland or forests as these are areas known for large deer populations.
- Drive defensively and expect the unexpected. If you see a deer near the road, slow down because it might dart in front of you. If you see one deer, look for the next one. Deer often travel together but single file.
- Don’t swerve. While it may seem like the right thing to do, swerving to avoid a deer could cause you to lose control or travel into the path of another vehicle. Striking a deer is safer than colliding with another vehicle or a tree. Stay in your lane, brake firmly and hold onto the steering wheel.
- Motorcyclists should avoid night and low-light riding times. A rider’s best response when encountering a deer is to use both brakes for maximum braking and to keep their eyes and head up to improve chances of keeping the bike up. Riders should wear full face helmets and full protective gear.
St. Mary’s and Sleepy Eye High School’s Honor Societies will collect food donations for Halloween.
The Sleepy Eye High School Honor students will trick-or-treat for the local food shelf beginning at 6 p.m. October 31st on the south end of the community. Residents can put a bag on their doorstep labeled Food Shelf and the students will collect it.
Independent School District 84 will be offering early childhood screening services to district residents on Tuesday, October 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church basement. Early childhood screening is not used to determine readiness for kindergarten but is designed to detect delays in specific areas early in a child’s development. The sooner the problems can be recognized and referred for further assistance, the better service the child will receive to correct the delay.
Minnesota law requires kindergarten children enrolled in the public school to show evidence of being screened within 30 days of enrollment. The private schools in our district request that screening be completed for students that attend their schools as well.
Early childhood screening is a simple and careful check of the health and development of the child. The areas that are checked are height and weight, vision and hearing, development of speech, language concepts, gross and fine motor skills. A review of immunizations and health history are also included as well as an ages and stages assessment.
Appointments can be made for children who will be three and a half or four by the end of December or any who may not have participated yet by calling 507-794-7873. A packet of information will be mailed out to those who have appointments.
Motorists traveling on Minnesota highways this fall need to be aware of large farm equipment transporting crops to markets, grain elevators and processing plants, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
“Harvest season is getting in full swing across the state and farmers and their equipment are out on the highways,” said Jay Hietpas, state traffic engineer. “Motorists need to be prepared to encounter slow-moving farm vehicles, especially on rural, two-lane roads.”
Farm equipment is large and heavy, making it hard for operators to accelerate, slow down and stop. The equipment also makes wide turns and sometimes crosses over the center line. In addition, farm vehicles can create large blind spots, making it difficult for operators to see approaching vehicles. All of these factors can cause serious crashes.
From 2011 to 2015, there were 688 crashes involving farm vehicles that resulted in 23 fatalities and 348 injuries. Nearly half of the fatalities were an occupant of the farm vehicle.
“Twenty-two percent of all farm equipment crashes and 29 percent of the fatalities were distraction-related,” Hietpas said. “Other factors were speed-related and alcohol-related.”
- Watch for debris dropped by trucks hauling sugar beets and other crops. It is safer to brake or slowly drive through debris than to veer into oncoming cars or off the road.
- When approaching farm equipment, slow down and use caution. Put additional space between your vehicle and the farm equipment ahead. Don’t assume the equipment operator can see you.
- Be patient and wait for a safe place to pass.
- Wear seatbelts.
- Drive with headlights on at all times.
Farm equipment operators should:
- Use lights and flashers to make equipment more visible.
- Use slow-moving vehicle emblems on equipment traveling less than 30 mph.
- Drive slow-moving vehicles in the right-hand lane as close to the edge of the roadway as possible.
- Consider using an escort vehicle when moving equipment, especially at night and if the equipment is large enough that it may extend across the center line.
- Avoid encouraging or signaling motorists to pass. Pull over when safe, and let traffic pass.
- Pick up any debris left on the highway by the equipment or contact MnDOT to remove it.
- Plan their routes so wide equipment will not hit or damage signs, guardrails, light poles and other roadway structures.