Local/State Briefs

‘A Matter of Balance’ program scheduled

An educational program to help older adults reduce their fear of falling will be at the Adult Community Center, 107 S. Fourth St. in Marshall. This eight-week program, “A Matter of Balance,” will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays from March 9 to April 27.

“Sometimes older adults experience concerns about falling. People who develop this fear may limit their activities, which can result in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. The Matter of Balance program has proven successful in increasing participants’ confidence that they can take action to reduce their risk of falling,” said Jackie Esping, trained facilitator and nursing supervisor at Avera Morningside Heights Care Center.

The program benefits older adults who:

• are concerned about falls

• have sustained a fall in the past

• restrict activities because of concerns about falling

• are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength

• are age 60 or older, mobile and able to problem-solve

Sessions are led by trained facilitators Jackie Esping, Avera Marshall, and Susie Sammons, Hill Street Place. Activities include group discussion, problem-solving, skill building, assertiveness training, sharing practical solutions and exercise training.

A $10 registration fee covers the cost of book and materials. Class size limited to 12.

To register, call Sammons at 507-537-9234.

Emergency funding rejected to fix vehicle services system

ST. PAUL (AP) — Legislators have rejected emergency funding to repair Minnesota’s troubled new computer system for processing license and vehicle registrations.

That means nearly 40 employees assigned to fix the platform known as MNLARS will be out of work at the end of the month. Problems with the multimillion dollar system have meant long lines and waits for Minnesotans needing vehicle services.

The House Thursday voted down a DFL motion to allocate $10 million from the Driver and Vehicle Services agency to help fix the system. That allocation was part of a $43 million request made this year for continued repairs to the $93 million system.

Minnesota man gets 17 years for South Dakota sex crime

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for traveling to South Dakota with the intent of having sex with girls at a Sioux Falls hotel.

Authorities said 60-year-old Roger Blaisdell, of Pipestone, Minnesota, arranged to have sex with what he thought were 10- and 13-year-old girls in October 2016 through an online ad that was part of a law enforcement sting operation.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security investigated.

Blaisdell pleaded guilty last October to federal sexual misconduct and child pornography charges.