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July 7 news

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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 jrfick@umn.edu.

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 jan.voit@mysmbs.com.

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.

July 6 news

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LAKE WILSON – A Chandler man received non –life threatening injuries in the early morning hours Saturday when the motorcycle he was driving near Lake Wilson struck a deer. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Wyatt Thaemert, age 38, of Chandler, was westbound on Highway 30 near mile marker 29 on a 1995 Honda Road Star at approximately 12:52 a.m. when he struck a deer in the middle of the westbound lane of the highway. He was taken by Murray County Ambulance to the Murray County Medical Center for treatment. Damage to the motorcycle was severe.

WORTHINGTON — Minnesota West Community and Technical College announced that Michael Van Keulen has accepted the position as director of the Minnesota West Foundation.

For the past six years, Van Keulen has served as the director of the Minnesota West Redwood Falls Center, working with a variety of college functions from recruiting and community relations to student advising and retention. Prior to his career at Minnesota West, he has worked in both the public and private sectors as a teacher, trainer, salesperson and professional development consultant.

Van Keulen has a master’s degree in communication studies from West Chester University and a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Moorhead State University.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A local manufacturer has added a major piece of new equipment it says will help it operate more efficiently. Pure Fishing of Spirit Lake recently replaced some hydraulic injection molding equipment with an all-electric unit. Company officials say it will allow them to reduce energy consumption by 92,000 kilowatt hours annually while increasing productivity by improving molding cycle times.

Pure Fishing recently received a $12,176 rebate check from Alliant Energy's Custom Rebates program.

They say the new equipment will also save in greenhouse gas emissions with the equivalent of removing 22 tons of waste from the landfill.

MAY CITY, Iowa – The May City Volunteer Fire Department is having their annual summer fundraiser on July 18th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the May City Fire Hall.
They will be serving pork loin, baked beans, and chips. All are welcome to attend.

EMMETSBURG, Iowa - Emmetsburg-based Horizons, Unlimited is getting out of the recycling business. Ron Askland, Horizons Unlimited CEO, says new federal regulations and the state of Iowa's re-design of the mental health system which will result in Horizons no longer receiving subsidies for workers in its recycling center were the reasons behind the decision.

Horizons will terminate its recycling program effective January 1st, 2016. Askland says Palo Alto county has agreed to take over the operation.

Askland says Horizons Unlimited will continue to operate its can and bottle redemption center.

HULL, Iowa — A man from Hull and one from Sioux Center were taken to the hospital after an accident at Perkins Corner on Thursday.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 3:30 p.m., 25-year-old Cory Kats of Hull was driving a 1995 Chrysler New Yorker northbound on Highway 75 and Zachary Dimmick of Sioux Center, age 25, was driving a 2013 GMC Sierra pickup westbound on 320th Street. The report says Dimmick stopped for the stop sign at Highway 75 and then drove into the intersection where he was struck by Kats.

The Hull Ambulance crew transported both Dimmick and Kats to Sioux Center Health. The Chrysler sustained approximately $4,000 in damages. The GMC sustained an estimated $7,000 in damages.

The Hull Ambulance crew, Hull Fire Department and the Iowa State Patrol assisted at the scene.

Dimmick was cited for of failure to yield the right of way from a stop sign.

HOSPERS, Iowa — A Brooklyn Park man hit a deer on Thursday. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 5:28 a.m., 30-year-old Khalid Elemo of Brooklyn Park was driving a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan on Highway 60 when he struck a deer in the roadway.

The Dodge received $2,500 damage. No injuries were reported.

MINNESOTA - If you have an idea for a television sitcom, two Minnesota men are giving beginners a chance to break into the business through a national writing contest.
Two notable Minnesotans in the comedy world founded the 2015 National Sitcom Writing Contest.

Bo Kaprall, who lives in Wazyata, is a veteran comedy writer who has worked on shows like “Saturday Night Live” and “Laverne & Shirley,” among others. Also behind the contest is Scott Hansen, a comedian who is credited with helping develop Minnesota’s comedy scene.

They’re targeting undiscovered talent – the closet sitcom writers in a 9-5 job, a “college kid with a cool idea or the mom who has a knack for writing dialogue.

The National Sitcom Writing Competition is an excellent opportunity for students, professional writers and others to develop their funny stories, ideas, and life experiences into a pilot for a new television series or for an existing TV sitcom, Kaprall said in the release.

Those interested in entering the contest can submit their original scripts online through the contest’s website. There is a $250 cash prize for the best script in each category (original pilot or existing show) and a $500 award for best overall script.

The winning scripts will also be shared with Hollywood executives who could consider them for possible development.

The deadline was recently extended July to 31. For more on the rules and how to enter, visit sitcomcontest.com. Finalists will be notified in September.

July 2 news

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WORTHINGTON — With Independence Day on Saturday, some local businesses and offices as well as all federal, state, county and city offices will be closed Friday in observance of the holiday.

Financial institutions will be open Friday, but closed Saturday. The Nobles County Library and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce will be closed both days. The Worthington post office will be closed Saturday and there will be no mail delivery.

Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart will maintain normal business hours, but Fareway will be closed Saturday. The Worthington Liquor Store will be open regular hours Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Worthington garbage and recycling pickup routes will remain the same.

The Radio Works business office will be closed on Friday.

WORTHINGTON – King Turkey Day, Inc. has announced country music duo Love &Theft will play will play at this year’s King Turkey Day celebration on Saturday, September 19 at the Worthington Hockey Arena on the Nobles County Fairgrounds.

Love & Theft first impressed fans in 2009 with a top 10 hit “Runaway” from debut album World Wide Open. Love & Theft’s second album included “Angel Eyes,” “Running out of Air” and “If You Ever Get Lonely.”

Tickets will go on-sale on July 20 via the King Turkey Day website and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce office. Prices will be $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. For more information or to order tickets visit www.kingturkeyday.net or contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-372-2919.

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce through the Community Improvement Committee is sponsoring a “Flower Power — Yard of the Week.”

This week’s recipient is Orville Janssen of 1905 Cecilee St.

Anyone is eligible to nominate a residence or a business as a candidate for the “Flower Power — Yard of the Week” or “Business of the Month” Awards. Nominations can be made by calling the Chamber office at 372-2919.

HERON LAKE – 12-year-old Ryan Fauglid of Heron Lake was the winner of the Oh My Cupcakes! Create A Cupcake contest for his peach cobbler cupcake recipe, which selected from more than 300 entries.

Oh My Cupcakes! has two locations in Sioux Falls, SD and ships nationwide, and has been featured in the “Top 100 Cupcake Shops in America” for the past three years.
Ryan’s cupcake will be on sale at Oh My Cupcakes! through the month of July.

Ryan said the inspiration for his cupcake was the idea of summer days, sitting on a porch and eating fruit. After cobbler popped into his head, he chose peach because it is the most popular of cobblers. He discovered his passion for baking when he was 9 or 10, he said, and feels as it what he is meant to do.

Melissa Johnson, founder and CEO of Oh My Cupcakes!, said there were many great entries, but Ryan’s stood above the rest as a perfect addition to their seasonal menu.

Ryan is the son of Tammy and Tony Fauglid and will be entering the 7th grade this fall.

HERON LAKE – On June 29 at approximately 2:30 p.m. the Heron Lake Police Department, assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, executed a search warrant at 1422 2nd Avenue in Heron Lake, which resulted in the arrest and charging of home residents Michelle Lee Lopez and Estefania Salgado-Hernandez.

Lopez has been formally charged with second-degree controlled substance possession, controlled substance possession around a child and child endangerment, and is being held on $350,000 bail.

Salgado has been formally charged with second-degree controlled substance possession, controlled substance possession around a child endangerment and disorderly house, and is being held on $300,000 bail.

APPLETON — Pioneer Public Television’s “Postcards,” an award-winning weekly art, culture and history program showcasing the people and communities of western and southwestern Minnesota, will have production team members in the region in the coming days.

The production team consisting of senior producer Dana Johnson and videographer/editors Ben Dempcy and Kristofor Gieske will gather stories for the seventh season of “Postcards,” which will begin airing in December.

On Monday and Tuesday, the “Postcards” team will be in the Pipestone area to record stories about Pipestone carver Rhonda Johnston, wet plate photographer Dave Rambo and painter and set designer Tammy Grubbs.

On July 13, the “Postcards” team will be in Worthington to capture a story about miniatures artist Kimberly Jansen.

KTD Inc. announces country music duo Love & Theft for King Turkey Day celebration

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WORTHINGTON – King Turkey Day, Inc. has announced country music duo Love &Theft will play will play at this year’s King Turkey Day celebration on Saturday, September 19 at the Worthington Hockey Arena on the Nobles County Fairgrounds.

Love & Theft first impressed fans in 2009 with a top 10 hit “Runaway” from debut album World Wide Open. Love & Theft’s second album included “Angel Eyes,” “Running out of Air” and “If You Ever Get Lonely.”

Tickets will go on-sale on July 20 via the King Turkey Day website and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce office. Prices will be $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. For more information or to order tickets visit www.kingturkeyday.net or contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-372-2919.

July 1 news

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WORTHINGTON - Nominations from county residents are now being sought for the 2015 Outstanding Senior Citizen Award for Nobles County. The award recognizes outstanding senior citizens who have contributed their time and talent to benefit their community after reaching the age of 65. They will be honored at the Nobles County Fair on Thursday, August 13 at 4:45 p.m. prior to the Franny Farmer Show.

Official nomination forms are available by contacting the Chamber of Commerce at 507-372-2919 or the Center for Active Living at 507-376-6457. Nomination forms can also be picked up at either the Chamber of Commerce or Center for Active Living.

Winners at the county level will move on to compete at the state level at the Minnesota State Fair.

WORTHINGTON – Paul David Dittmer pleaded not guilty in Nobles County District Court Tuesday to 19 felony counts, including 12 for aggravated forgery, six for procuring controlled substances by fraud or deceit and one for possession of a controlled substance.

Dittmer, age 47, of Worthington, was charged in May after a pharmacist in Worthington contacted authorities to report he believed Dittmer was writing his own prescription for medications and forging the doctor’s signature. The pharmacist said he noticed the prescriptions were not consistent and contained information not normally in a prescription.

The pharmacist had spoken with the physician’s assistant, who said he had not written prescriptions for Dittmer on the dates in question. The prescriptions were for Hydrocodone, Percocet and MS Contin. The officer went to speak to the PA who worked at the Avera Clinic. The man said he does not use hand written pads for prescriptions, but rather writes them electronically. He said Dittmer works for him as a nurse and manages patients for him. He said Dittmer misses work about every four weeks due to back pain.

The officer then went to Dittmer’s residence to speak with him. Dittmer consented to speak, and said he had worked for the clinic as a nurse for three years and has chronic back pain. He said he has been treated for narcotic abuse about four years ago.

He allegedly admitted he had written the prescriptions for himself and forged the PA’s name several times. He gave the officer a full bottle of Hydrocodone.

On Tuesday, after pleading not guilty to all 19 counts, the matter was set to be scheduled for a two-day jury trial.

SHELDON, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to solve a puppy-napping.

They report that on Sunday evening, June 28, deputies were called to investigate a burglary and theft that occurred at 3D/Dobermans, at 3225 Larch Avenue, in rural Sheldon.

Deputies believe that sometime in the afternoon hours on June 28, the perpetrator(s) entered the kennels and stole a four-day-old male Doberman Pinscher puppy. The dog has an estimated value of $500.

If you have any information on this crime you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office. If you wish to remain

anonymous you can use the text-a-tip program. Directions can be found at siouxcountysheriff.com.

LARCHWOOD, IA — A Brewster woman was arrested in Iowa on Friday.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 24-year-old Patrice Tate of Brewster, Minnesota was arrested for Theft in the 5th Degree, a simple misdemeanor at the Grand Fall Casino. According to the report, Tate was found to have stolen items from the Boutique store in the casino.

NEWELL, Iowa - A vehicle taken without permission from Spirit Lake last week was located northwest of Newell by a Buena Vista County deputy Sunday afternoon.

The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office determined a vehicle found stuck in a hole near the Raccoon River in the Three Waters Wildlife Area had been taken from Spirit Lake. A 17-year-old girl from Spirit Lake was taken into custody along with a male passenger, 20-year-old Dalton Goodman of Storm Lake.

Deputies also found what's alleged to be controlled substances and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

The 17-year-old was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and released to a parent pending an appearance in juvenile court. Goodman was jailed on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff Kory Elston says the case is still under investigation and additional charges are pending.

Radio Works Employment Opportunity

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Fill out an application or drop off your resume today at 28779 County Highway 35 in Worthington. Chad Cummings, Radio Works General Manager, would like to talk to you about joining the Radio Works Marketing team. Pay is subject to qualifications and experience. Benefits upon approval.

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LoVan makes brief court appearance

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WORTHINGTON – Chim LoVan, who is accused of stabbing 19-year-old Blue Thyboualoy June 19 in Worthington, made his first appearance in Nobles County District Court Tuesday with his public defender Louis Kuchera.

LoVan, age 46, was charged June 22 with second-degree murder and second-degree assault. Thyboualoy, who was stabbed shortly after 3 a.m., did not seek medical attention at the time of the alleged assault. Authorities were alerted to a man who had been assaulted at approximately 6 p.m. that evening, and Thyboualoy named “Monkey,” LoVan’s alias, as his attacker.

Law enforcement officials sent for emergency medical response, but Thyboualoy died during surgery. During questioning, LoVan allegedly admitted to authorities he and Thyboualoy had argued, but said he did not assault the younger man.

During a very brief court appearance Tuesday, LoVan had little to say. Kuchera requested a contested omnibus hearing, asking for a 45 minute hearing. The purpose of the hearing, which will be put on the court calendar, will be to contest the admissibility of evidence as the case moves forward toward a possible future trial.

LoVan remains in custody in the Nobles County Jail, with his bail set at $1 million with conditions or $1.5 million without.

June 30 news

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MOUNTAIN LAKE – Two people were injured during a collision on Minnesota 60 near Mountain Lake Monday evening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. At approximately 5:43 p.m., Avery Herrig, age 25, of Windom, was westbound on Minnesota 60 in a 2010 Jeep Wrangler with passenger Rachel Herrig, age 22. Also westbound was Jibril Rahmeto, age 31, of Minneapolis, in a 2011 Freightliner. The two vehicles collided, totaling the Jeep. Avery Herrig sustained serious injuries and was taken to a hospital in Sioux Falls. Rachel Herrig received non-life threatening injuries and was brought to the Windom Area Hospital for treatment. Rahmeto received no injuries.

WORTHINGTON — The “Amazing” Worthington City Band, under the direction of Mike Peterson, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday concert at Worthington’s Chautauqua Park. Wednesday night’s performance marks the first of two concerts this week for the “Amazing” Worthington City Band; the group will also perform at 7:30 p.m. July 4 at Chautauqua Park.

Emcee for Wednesday’s concert is Judge Gordon Moore; intermission entertainment will be accordionist Galen Benton. In case of inclement weather, the concerts will take place at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

IOWA - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will appear at the Sheldon, Iowa, town hall meeting at 9 a.m. July 3 in the basement meeting room of the Sheldon Community Building.

Louisiana Governor and Republican Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is also coming to Sheldon Friday. He is expected at 3 p.m. at Jard, Inc. - a gun manufacturer about a half mile north of Highway 18 and Country Club Road.

Jindal will start off the day at the Sioux Center Livestock Company Restaurant on South Highway 75 in Sioux Center. Jindal will come by table-to-table to introduce himself and answer questions. That will run from 8 until 9:30 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., Jindal will have a lunchtime retail event at Pizza Ranch in Rock Rapids on South Highway 75.

At 2 p.m., he will be in Sibley for a business tour of Capital Armament Company before moving on to Sheldon. He’ll wrap up the day with a dinner retail event at 5:30 p.m. at Gary’s on the River in Spencer.

OKOBOJI, Iowa - The Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Faculty Lecture Series for tonight will feature Dr. Alisa Gallant with the U.S. Geological Survey's Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, known as EROS.

Gallant will be speaking about how scientists are monitoring the ever-changing Iowa landscape with satellites. The Faculty Lecture Series begins at 7:30 at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on West Okoboji. It is free and open to the public. For details, visit lakesidelab.org.

IOWA - Expect to see additional law enforcement officers on the roads over the upcoming July 4th holiday period. A special enforcement project will be underway across Iowa beginning this Wednesday and continuing through July 7th.

Officials say the stepped up enforcement is the result of statistics showing the 4th of July holiday period as being one of the deadliest on roadways, with alcohol being the contributed factor most of the time. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, 512 people were killed nationwide over the Fourth of July holiday. Officials say 199 of those deaths involved at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. More than 20 percent of those had a BAC of .15 or higher.

During that same time frame, authorities say six people were killed on Iowa roadways, with half of those fatal crashes involving alcohol.

Carol Hieronimus chosen as Sanford Network Employee of the Year

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WORTHINGTON – It isn’t nice to tell a fib, but sometimes the end does justify the means. Especially when it’s the only way to surprise someone in a really great way.

That is exactly what happened to Carol Hieronimus Monday – she had the day off work, but was unexpectedly called in to Sanford Clinic, where she has worked as a nurse since 2008. She had taken the day off because she had family in town and was planning to go out to lunch with them.

Instead, they came to her, along with quite a few other people. She wasn’t actually needed at work. It was a fib. Hieronimus was instead surprised by co-workers and some of the officers of the Sanford Network as the Employee of the Year.

Just last month she was chosen as the 2014 Employee of the Year for Sanford Worthington. And now, she has received the honor for the Sanford Network out of 3,000 employees and 14 medicals centers.

As the staff at the clinic gathered in the lobby, including Hieronimus, Sanford Worthington CEO Mike Hammer stepped forward to state they were all there to celebrate someone very special. As her family members began to file through a doorway in the back of the room, Hieronimus stared in astonishment.

“You’re all here,” she said in wonder.

Sanford Health Network President Jesse Tischer stepped forward to explain that the Sanford Health Network Electric Supply Company Employee of the Year Award was established in 2001 through an endowment of the Sanford Health Foundation to recognize a Sanford Network employee for exemplary performance.

“That’s you,” he told Hieronimus.

The criteria, he said, is based on Sanford values of courage, resolve, advancement and family.

“You are a very special employee, chosen from almost 3,000 people,” Tischer said.

Nominations were accepted from all over, and representatives from all of the sites were allowed to vote on the winner.

Hieronimus was nominated by seven people, who described her as a model employee who sees the best in people, who is trusted and valued by patients and co-workers, who demonstrates passion, places patients first and strives to build a relationship between herself, the patient and the provider.

“Everything she stands for is what I think of when I think of a nurse,” one person wrote.

As part of the award, Hieronimus will receive a trophy, and a cash prize of $1,500.

Shortly after the big announcement, Hieronimus said she was in awe.

“There are so many that are just as deserving – even more deserving,” she said. “I just can hardly believe it.”

She said she has no idea what she will do with the money, but was quick to take the opportunity to thank her Sanford family.

“I love you all,” she said.

Hieronimus has been in the nursing profession for about 40 years. She and her husband Gene live in Rushmore.

June 29 news

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HILLS – A Sioux Falls man suffered serious injuries when his 2004 Chevrolet Venture van left the roadway and rolled in the early morning hours on Sunday. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Obede Bikorimana, 27, of Sioux Falls, SD, was eastbound on Interstate 90 near mile marker 3 in his van when it left the roadway to the right and rolled into the ditch, causing him serious injury. He was taken to the Sanford Sioux Falls Trauma Center. The van was totaled.

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Relay For Life is now at approximately $54,000 of their $57,000 goal of 2015 after this weekend’s event. To make a contribution to the 2015 Nobles County Relay for Life campaign before the Aug. 31 deadline, or for more information about volunteering for future relays, contact any relay team member, call Kim Lambert at 372-5305 or send inquiries to rflofnoblescounty@hotmail.com.

IOWA - A representative of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley will be in the area this week. Jacob Bosma, the senator's Regional Director, will hold open office hours Tuesday in O'Brien, Clay, Palo Alto and Kossuth counties.

Bosma will be in the Assembly Room at the O'Brien County Courthouse in Primghar from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Spencer City Hall from 1:00 until 2:00 pm., the Emmetsburg Public Library from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. and the Algona Public Library from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m.

Bosma will be available for questions and to assist constituents with casework.

OKOBOJI, Iowa - Arnolds Park Amusement Park will be donating $1 of all Park Day Passes purchased from June 27th through July 3rd to the family of Iryna Shevchuk to help with expenses. She was killed while riding her bike June 23rd after being struck by a car.

Iryna was from the Ukraine, and living in South Dakota on a work exchange program with Spirit International.

She was employed by The Inn and the Dairy Queen.

A rep from Arnold's Park says many businesses, could not operate without the help of the work exchange program. Other donations may be given at Northwest Bank to help her family with additional expenses. Contact Di Lorenzen, Marketing and Communications Manager, for more information at 712-332-6557

DES MOINES, Iowa - There's finally some good news when it comes to bird flu. Officials with the Iowa department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and U.S. Department of Agriculture say there have been no more probable cases of avian influenza over the past week. They say the last positive flock was detected on June 16th.

Officials say infected turkey flocks have been depopulated and are being composted. Cleaning and disinfecting of the facilities is also underway. All the commercial laying and pullet facilities have been depopulated and cleaning and disinfecting of those facilities is ongoing.

Officials say environmental samplings will be taken of all sites to confirm they have been successfully cleaned and disinfected before they are re-stocked.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - A 28-year-old man is facing assault charges after a stabbing in eastern Sioux Falls.

According to Sgt. Candi Gearman, the incident happened Sunday around 9:40 p.m. at the 300 block of S. Lowell Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a 34-year-old victim who had injuries to his face, including a cut above his eye. The victim was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect, Galal A. Tawa, was found at the scene and arrested for aggravated assault. The investigation is ongoing.

MINNESOTA - Two children and a man are in the hospital after being struck by lightning in two separate incidents Sunday in northern Minnesota.

A father was carrying his 4-year-old daughter at a baseball game in Cherry, when they were struck by lightning around 2 p.m. near the township hall, Northland News Center reports. According to reports, the father is in critical condition and his daughter has serious injuries.

A 12-year-old child is also in critical condition after being struck by lightning at Enger Golf Course in Duluth late Sunday afternoon. The golf course was full for a memorial tournament, and it continued when thunder started, the Duluth News Tribune reports. However, the paper reports a warning horn was blown just before the bolt struck the bystander who was near a driving range.

According to the National Weather Service, an average of 49 people die each year from lightning strikes, while hundreds “are severely injured.” Lightning strikes about 25 million times a year in the U.S.

So far in 2015, 11 deaths have been reported. Only two of those were in the Midwest; they occurred in Iowa.

WORLD - Tuesday June 30 will be one second longer than any other day this year – and the longest day since 2012.

That’s because a “leap second” will be added to account for the fact that the Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing down, NASA explains.

A day lasts 86,400 seconds, according to coordinated universal time (UTC), but days haven’t actually been that long since about 1820, due to the gravitational tug-of-war between the Earth and the moon slowing the Earth’s rotation – now, the average day is approximately 86,400.002 seconds long, NASA says.

It may not seem like a lot – it’s actually less than the blink of an eye – but the difference adds up to almost a second every year, which is why scientists are adding a “leap” second to June 30 to keep time in sync with the mean solar day, which measures the passage of time based on the sun’s position in the sky, CBC News says.

o, as the clock approaches midnight on Tuesday, it will strike 23:59:60 before rolling over to 00:00:00 on July 1.

This won’t have much of an affect on the average person, NASA explains, but it could affect some computer systems – it becomes problematic when computers are networked together and can have issues agreeing on what time it is.

In 2012, when the last leap second was introduced, it caused problems across the Internet – briefly brought down websites like Reddit and Gawker, as well as disrupting Qantas Airlines’ booking system, leading to the cancellation of more than 400 flights, CBC News notes.

Twenty-five leap seconds have been added since 1972 – when the first leap second was implemented. Tuesday’s leap second will be only the fourth to be added since 2000, NASA notes.