LUVERNE – Two people from Florida received non-life threatening injuries Monday while traveling through Luverne on a motorcycle when they hit a dog in the roadway, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Larry Neal, age 56, of Ormond Beach, Florida, was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson north on Highway 75 near the Luverne Airport at approximately 12:30 p.m. when the motorcycle collided with the dog. Neal and his passenger, 72-year-old Madelaine Neal, also of Ormond Beach, Florida, were taken to the Luverne Hospital. The motorcycle sustained moderate damage. There was no word on the condition of the dog.
WORTHINGTON — Wednesday night’s 7:30 p.m. concert by the “Amazing” Worthington City Band will highlight the band’s tuba section as it performs “Them Basses.”
Additional selections at the Chautauqua Park band shell will include three marches, as well as “This Land is Your Land” and “On a Clear Day.”
Mike Peterson conducts the ensemble. Officer Jackie Bomgaars of the Worthington Police Department will serve as the night’s emcee, while piano students of Diane Mick will share pieces for the intermission entertainment.
In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County 4-H will host a 4-H Amazing Race Day Camp for all youths who have completed kindergarten through fourth grade. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon July 23 at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington. Youths do not have to be in 4-H to attend.
The 4-H “Amazing Race” is a spinoff of the TV show “The Amazing Race,” during which teams will compete in tasks relating to 4-H project areas. It is designed to challenge, engage, excite and encourage youths to discover 4-H.
For more information or to get a registration form, contact the Nobles County 4-H office at 295-5315 or email email@example.com.
FULDA — The Heron Lake Watershed District will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. July 16 at Seven Mile Park for the public to view the rain gardens installed in the park. A meal will be provided for attendees. The event is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, a rain date will be from 5 to 7 p.m. July 23.
Registration is requested by calling the Heron Lake Watershed District by Monday at (507) 793-2462 or email Jan Voit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAKEFIELD - The Lakefield Red Cross Blood Drive will be from 1-7 p.m. today at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakefield. The Lakefield Blood Drive is teaming up with the Lakefield VFW to offer a coupon good for one tap beverage at the Lakefield VFW.
Everyone is encouraged to donate during the July Red Cross Blood Drive in Lakefield and give the gift of life.
ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa - The Arnolds Park Amusement Park has raised more than $5,000 to assist the family of Iryna Shevchuk, who was killed June 23rd when a car collided with a bicycle she was riding on Highway 71 in Spirit Lake.
Of that, park officials say $843 was raised at a concert June 27th. Oak Hill Marina kicked in matching funds, bringing the total for the evening to $2,085. In addition, Arnolds Park donated $3,000 collected from $1 of all Park Day passes purchased in the past week.
Shevchuk was from the Ukraine and was on a work exchange program with Spirit International. She was employed by the Inn and the Spirit Lake Dairy Queen.
A fund for donations for Shevchuk's family has been established at Northwest Bank locations throughout the lakes area.
MINNESOTA - The Minnesota State Patrol says 328 people were arrested for drunk driving over the July 4 holiday weekend, and one person died in a DWI-related crash.
According to the agency, those numbers are an improvement over the five-year average of 430 arrests and five fatalities.
Leading up to the holiday weekend, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety announced it would be stepping up its DWI enforcement in the 25 counties it says are the most dangerous for drunk driving.
The Fourth of July is the third deadliest holiday for drunk driving deaths in Minnesota, according to the DPS; 40 percent of all traffic fatalities during that holiday period involve drivers who are impaired.
Only Thanksgiving (54 percent) and Christmas (46 percent) rank higher for drunk driving deaths during holiday periods.
Overall, the number of DWI arrests continues to decline in the state. From 2006 to 2014, drunk driving arrests have dropped 40 percent – from 42,016 to 25,258, according to the DPS.
In addition, the number of deaths caused by drunk driving-related accidents is also down. In 2014, there were 88 such deaths reported in the state, which is a 21 percent drop compared to 2010.