WORTHINGTON — Sanford Worthington Medical Center has announced that Reed Fricke has recently become the director of Outpatient and Ancillary Services, which encompasses the departments of Laboratory, Imaging, Rehabilitation, Respiratory Care and Ambulance Services.
Fricke earned his bachelor of science in radiation sciences degree in 2006 from University of Nebraska Medical Center. He also earned his master’s in business administration from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2010.
His career with Sanford Worthington Medical Center began in September 2008 as the radiology manager. Prior to that he worked as a CT technologist at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. He grew up in Worthington and graduated from Worthington High School.
Fricke lives in rural Worthington with his wife, Stacy, and children Ryker (3) and Rustin (1). He enjoys many things, including spending time with his family, engaging in outdoor activities and attending racing events.
WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is offering an informational meeting on a "Shades of Ireland" trip at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chamber. Receive information on the cost, lodging and the itinerary for the trip. Highlights on the Shades of Ireland trip include Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry Killarney, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher and Galway.
WORTHINGTON - The Grassroots Community Theatre presents "Murder at the Pie Auction" at the Elks Lodge in Worthington on March 5 and 7. This is a fun, interactive dinner theatre with Thursday night featuring chicken cordon bleu and Saturday night offering prime rib. Tickets are on sale now at Ax Photo, the Stag, Hy-Vee and the Elks Lodge. Questions, call MaryJane at 478-4474.
WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Library and Nobles County Historical Society present The Genuine One, an original story by Doug Wolter. Meet the author and have the opportunity for a book signing on Friday, March 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Nobles County Historical Society on the lower level. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
PIPESTONE - Saturday hours at the Ewert Recreation Center in Pipestone will be extended through the month of May on a trial basis with earlier opening and later closing times. The new Saturday hours through May would be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The current winter hours on Saturdays are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Extended hours were brought up during a survey conducted last November that asked people for suggestions and comments pertaining to the Rec Center specifically and city parks in general. Talk of switching to a 24/7 facility has been ongoing, but member participation would have to warrant such a move, said Stacy Claussen, Parks and Rec director, during a Parks and Rec committee meeting, Feb. 4.
To get some of those statistics, Claussen suggested that they open on Saturdays a couple hours earlier through May on a trial basis.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — A George woman and her daughter were taken to the hospital Friday after an accident south of Rock Rapids.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department reports that about 4:25 p.m. on Friday, 45-year-old Jeffrey Groote of George was driving a 2001 Chevrolet pickup pulling a 2001 enclosed trailer westbound on county road A-34, about seven miles south-southeast of Rock Rapids. Thirty-year-old Kathryn Fox of George was driving a 1993 Chevrolet owned by Alvin Overholt of George, also westbound on A-34.
The report says Groote had slowed down to turn north onto K-52 and just as he began turning north, Fox rear-ended the enclosed trailer.
The Lyon County Ambulance took Fox and her three-year-old daughter to Sanford Rock Rapids.
Groote’s 2001 pickup received about $2,000 in damages; his enclosed trailer received about $5,000 in damages; and the contents inside the trailer received about $2,000 in damages. The 1993 pickup driven by Fox was a total loss.
Fox was ticketed on charges of failure to maintain control and driving while suspended, both simple misdemeanors.
Doon Fire and Rescue, The Lyon County Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol assisted the sheriff’s office on the scene.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - A new facility offering psychiatric care and substance abuse treatment to children and teens in northwest Iowa is expected to address an important need in the region when it opens this spring. The new Jackson Recovery Centers Child and Adolescent Recovery Hospital is expected to open in May.
Right now the closest child psychiatric crisis centers are either about 60 miles away in Cherokee, Iowa, or about 90 miles away in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The $10.5 million project has been under construction in Sioux City since August. It will have 72 inpatient beds and a 12-bed psychiatric stabilization unit.
BRAZIL - An international manhunt has led to the capture of a fugitive Minnesota cult leader who has been charged with molesting his young female followers.Victor Barnard, 53, has been taken into custody by authorities in Brazil. Barnard was arrested Feb. 27 in Rio Grande do Norte.
In April 2014, Barnard was charged with 59 felony counts of criminal sexual assault. The Pine County sheriff’s office alleged that Barnard assaulted young women at his River Road Fellowship near Finlayson.
A statement on the website of the Public Security Secretariat for the Rio Grande do Norte state government reported the arrest. The statement said police captured Barnard in an apartment near a white-sand beach in northeastern Brazil. He was being held in the city of Natal to await extradition.
Pine County authorities say they have not yet received official confirmation of the arrest. But the Brazilian news source Globo identifies Barnard. The Globo account indicated police confiscated Barnard’s religious papers, diaries, computers, flash drives and cellphones. A 33-year-old Brazilian woman was taken into custody with him
Brazilian authorities said Barnard had been living for at least six months at the apartment where he was arrested located about 1,300 miles from Rio de Janeiro.
When a FOX 9 reporter showed a picture of Barnard in handcuffs, one of his accusers texted,“OMG, that’s him!” Last year, that woman and another woman told the station that they had endured years of sexual abuse by Barnard.
A news release from the U.S. Marshals Service said the agency joined the manhunt for Barnard after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. It was thought that Barnard fled Minnesota for Washington state after some followers questioned his conduct with young women. He had been tracked to the Spokane area where the trail grew cold.
In November 2014, the U.S. Marshals Service placed him on its list of 15 Most Wanted fugitives.