WORTHINGTON — All federal, state, county and city offices in Worthington will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving Day. All Worthington financial institutions will be closed Thursday, but will reopen for regular business on Friday. The Worthington Post Office will be closed Thursday, and there will be no mail delivery. Regular hours will resume Friday.
The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Office will be closed both Thursday and Friday. The Nobles County Library will be closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday and will be closed Saturday for maintenance.
Hy-Vee Food Store will close at 2 p.m. Thursday and will reopen at 6 a.m. Friday. Fareway will be closed all day Thursday.
Schaap Sanitation will not pick up garbage or recyclables Thursday. Routes normally scheduled for Thursday will be picked up Friday.
The Radio Works office will be closed Thursday and Friday and reopen for business on Monday, but our great programming will continue throughout the holiday weekend. Beginning Friday, FM 104.3 The Party will become The Christmas Party, with around-the-clock Christmas music.
ROUND LAKE — The community of Round Lake will host its sixth annual Winterfest celebration on Saturday with a fish house parade, food and entertainment.
The fish house parade will travel down Round Lake’s Main Street at 4 p.m. Saturday. After the parade, the fish houses will be displayed around the Round Lake American Legion.
Pulled pork sandwiches will be served inside the Legion, with The Nectorines providing musical entertainment from 7 to 11 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Round Lake Sportsmans Club and the Round Lake American Legion.
SLAYTON - The Murray County Historical Society Museum is hosting another Lunchbox Lecture Series on Thursday, December 4.
The lecture will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Dinehart-Holt House in Slayton. Participants should bring their own lunch and the museum staff will set up tables and serve coffee. Cost for the lecture is $3, with Murray County Historical Society members admitted for free.
Guest speaker will be Colin Mustful, author of “Grace at Spirit Lake,” a novel that tells the story of the people and events of the Spirit Lake Massacre of 1857. This lesser known tragedy is often regarded as the critical event which foreshadowed the U.S. – Dakota Conflict of 1862. The story captures the events through the eyes of Joseph Campbell, a real life interpreter to the Dakota Indians.
According to Mustful, the novel is historically accurate. All are welcome to attend the fun and educational event.
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Minnehaha County Coroner has ordered an autopsy after the discovery of the body of a 39-year-old Sioux Falls woman on Tuesday.
According to Public Information Officer Sam Clemens, the body of the woman was found in an apartment on the 500 block of S. Western Avenue. Clemens said the coroner thought there was something out of the ordinary about the death, and decided an autopsy should be conducted.
Clemens did not say what specifically was questionable about the death. The results of the autopsy are pending.
MINNESOTA - Minnesota hunters registered 111,000 deer through the third and last weekend of firearms deer season, down 31,000 from the same period in 2013, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
So far this year during special hunts and the archery, early antlerless and firearms seasons, hunters have harvested 127,000 deer, down from the 2013 to-date harvest total of 144,000.
This year’s lower harvest is by design because regulations were implemented to place more deer – particularly does – off limits to increase Minnesota’s deer population.
The DNR’s ongoing deer management work also includes upcoming revisions to the deer population goals for large portions of northeastern, north-central and east-central Minnesota. This is part of a multi-year goal-setting process for the entire state. People interested in helping set these deer population goals can get more information on the process and opportunities for involvement at www.mndnr.gov/deer.
MINNESOTA – To keep motorists and memories safe this holiday season, law enforcement across the state will be on the lookout for drunk drivers beginning this week. The extra enforcement campaign runs on weekends through December 27.
During the Thanksgiving holiday period over the last three years, there were 1,624 drivers arrested for driving while impaired.
Crashes involving drunk drivers have lasting effects on survivors and their families: 17 people suffered life-changing injuries in crashes involving an impaired drive during the Thanksgiving holiday period the last three years.
An increasing number of motorists are getting the message to drive sober or get pulled over. DWI arrests have gone down every year since 2006 when law enforcement officers arrested 41,951 drivers in Minnesota for DWI. The 2013 numbers statewide dropped to 25,719 — the lowest in recent history.
However, there are almost 600,000 Minnesota residents with a DWI on their record — that’s one out of every seven drivers in the state.
The consequences of a DWI are nothing to fool around with. First, there’s the loss of a license for up to a year, thousands of dollars in costs and possible jail time. Repeat DWI offenders, as well as first-time offenders arrested at 0.16 and above alcohol-concentration level, must use ignition interlock in order to regain legal driving privileges or face at least one year without a driver’s license. Offenders with three or more offenses are required to use interlock for three to six years, or they will never regain driving privileges.
So plan for a safe ride – designate a sober driver, use a cab/public transportation or stay at the location of the celebration.
MINNESOTA - Two young Minnesotans face federal conspiracy charges tied to their alleged efforts to provide "material support" to the radical group Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
Abdullahi Yusuf, 18, of Inver Grove Heights and Abdi Nur, 20, of Minneapolis, were charged with "conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization." Nur was also charged with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota said Tuesday.
The two men conspired to join the terror group and travel from Minnesota to the Middle East "to engage in a campaign of terror in support of a violent ideology," U.S. Attorney Luger said in a statement.
Yusuf was stopped at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as he prepared to board a flight to Turkey, according to the FBI investigation.
Federal officials have identified Minnesota as a center for recruiting for terrorist organizations including ISIS and al-Shabab. The groups have focused in part on recruiting from the large Somali population in the Twin Cities.
According to the criminal complaint and other court documents disclosed Tuesday, Yusuf in April applied for an expedited passport, saying he intended to travel to Turkey. But he couldn't specify his travel plans, hotel, travel companions or address of a friend in Turkey who he claimed to have met recently via Facebook.
Nur left the Twin Cities for Turkey on May 29, also after obtaining an expedited U.S. passport and depositing $1,540 in cash to his checking account. He was scheduled to return to the United States on June 16 but did not.
The complaint and court documents allege Nur became "much more religious," in the two months before leaving for Turkey "including talking about how his family needed to pray more and wear more traditional clothing."
Nur began to talk about jihad during this time, the charges allege. On Facebook, Nur allegedly told someone we "will see each other in the afterlife" and "I'm not coming back."