Federated plans annual meeting

JACKSON – Federated Rural Electric’s 79th annual meeting will be July 23.

The meeting will be held at the Jackson National Guard Armory, located adjacent to the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

Federated is hosting a free pork loin sandwich and potato salad supper, served by the Jackson Lions, for Federated member families from 4-6 p.m.

The 39th round of Operation Round Up funds from the spring will be highlighted at 5:30 p.m. with a slide show:?$18,352 was awarded to 19 local organizations.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m., with President David Hansen and general manager Richard Burud giving reports on the year in review and a preview of 2015.

Members will also elect two directors and two members to serve on the nominating committee; terms for all positions begin Dec. 1.

Federated members should bring along their July Connections newsletter, which includes their registration card.

Federated is a Touchstone Energy electric cooperative serving more than 5,000 members in Jackson and Martin counties.

Jury begins hearing Ventura case

ST. PAUL (AP) – Attorneys for former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and the estate of late “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle are disputing whether Kyle actually punched out Ventura in a barroom scrap.

The episode formed a passage in Kyle’s autobiography, prompting Ventura to sue for defamation.

In opening statements Tuesday in federal court in St. Paul, each side told jurors that the other side is lying. Ventura attorney David Olsen says Ventura will produce several witnesses to back his account.

Kyle estate attorney John Borger says he’ll have witnesses who back Kyle’s story.

Kyle was killed last year at a Texas gun range, but Ventura has pursued his claim against the sniper’s estate, saying it’s important to clear his name.

Bishop: Allegations scandalous

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – The La Crosse Bishop says allegations that a doctor who works part-time at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare is recommending abortions is scandalous.

The La Crosse Tribune reports Leif and Karen Arvidson began regular pickets outside Mayo-Franciscan March 5, based on their contention that Dr. Carl Rose of Mayo in Rochester had advised an abortion in 2012. They want the hospital to stop working with Rose.

Neither the system nor the clinic has said whether Rose performs abortions.

The Arvidsons say Bishop William Callahan provided a statement June 24 he had given to hospital administrators, which said Catholic hospitals must not allow abortion services and counseling.

Mayo-Franciscan CEO Dr. Tim Johnson said they remain committed to care in accord with their Catholic mission and legal and medical obligations.